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Berkay Mandıracı

Senior Analyst, Türkiye
Istanbul, Türkiye

Crisis Group Role

Berkay Mandıracı joined Crisis Group in June 2015. As Senior Analyst, Türkiye, Berkay leads or contributes to research, publication of reports and conducting advocacy on issues such as migration management, jihadist militancy, armed non-state actors, tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Türkiye-EU relations as well as conflict dynamics in northern Iraq and northern Syria.

Professional Background

Previously, Berkay worked for the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) covering judicial and security sector reform issues, and for a joint EU-Turkish Justice Ministry Twinning project aimed at improving the efficiency of Turkish court proceedings. Berkay holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Bremen in Germany.

Areas of Expertise

  • Turkish Domestic Security
  • Turkish Foreign Policy

Languages

  • Turkish
  • English
  • German

In The News

4 Sep 2020
It seems that what is left of ISIS networks now is that they are getting organized in smaller groups of five or six people who may not be connected to each other even. New Delhi Times

Berkay Mandıracı

Senior Analyst, Türkiye
22 Jul 2020
The use of drone technology appears to have significantly shifted the balance of power on the ground, allowing Turkish forces to go after militants in areas previously difficult to penetrate. WTVB

Berkay Mandıracı

Senior Analyst, Türkiye
14 Feb 2020
Escalation is likely going to continue [in Syria] as long as Turkey and Russia cannot agree on a new cease-fire. NBC News

Berkay Mandıracı

Senior Analyst, Türkiye
27 Dec 2017
[Turkish] policymakers need to ensure that [the] skills taught [to Syrian refugees] are matched with local market needs. Deutsche Welle

Berkay Mandıracı

Senior Analyst, Türkiye
17 Apr 2017
Regardless of their actual views on the constitutional changes, Erdoğan's supporters feel the need to support him after the coup. Vox

Berkay Mandıracı

Senior Analyst, Türkiye

Latest Updates

Why Türkiye’s Hindrance of NATO’s Nordic Expansion Will Likely Drag On

Ankara has blocked the bids of Finland and Sweden to join NATO, to the dismay of Western capitals who see the enlargement as strengthening the alliance after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With all sides seeing key principles at stake, the impasse is unlikely to end soon.

Turkey’s PKK Conflict: A Regional Battleground in Flux

Turkey is increasingly relying on airpower in its fight against the PKK. New parties have been drawn into the conflict as it spreads to new theatres in Iraq and Syria, which, for now at least, complicates potential efforts to settle things down.

COVID-19’un Gölgesinde AB-Türkiye Göçmen Krizi

Originally published Perspektif

Küresel COVID-19 salgını ile birlikte Türkiye’deki dört milyonu aşkın mülteci ve İdlib’de yerinden edilmiş milyonlarca sivilin belki de her zamankinden daha çok AB’nin desteğine ihtiyacı var. Bu kriz döneminde AB-Türkiye göç işbirliğini ayakta tutmak önemli, ancak iki taraf arasında yıllardır süregelen gerginlikler ve güvensizlik sebebiyle bir o kadar da zor.

Sharing the Burden: Revisiting the EU-Turkey Migration Deal

Thousands of migrants who tried to enter Europe from Turkey after the latter opened its borders in late February are stranded at the frontier. Ankara triggered this particular problem, but European states should nonetheless shoulder a larger burden in helping alleviate the broader displacement crisis.

Assessing the Fatalities in Turkey’s PKK Conflict

Turkey’s ruling party sees recent battlefield and electoral gains as vindicating its hardline policies toward the PKK. But these same policies fuel the Kurdish grievances that keep the fighting going. Ankara would thus be wise to consider exploring ways of winding down the destructive conflict.