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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

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.

Der Faden, an dem die deutsch-türkischen Beziehungen hängen

Ein Gespräch mit Berkay Mandıracı von der „International Crisis Group Istanbul“ über soziale Spannungen in türkischen Großstädten, die Unterstützung der EU und die Rolle der Flüchtlinge in der türkischen Außenpolitik.

Originally published in Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Bilgi Notu | Türkiye’deki Suriyeliler: Kentsel Gerilimleri Azaltmak

Çok sayıda Suriyeliye ev sahipliği yapan ve son dönemde kimi sosyal gerilimlerin yaşandığı İstanbul, Ankara ve İzmir’in bazı mahallelerinde kapsamlı saha araştırmamızın sonucunda 29 Ocak 2018 tarihinde “Türkiye’deki Suriyeliler: Kentsel Gerilimleri Azaltmak” adlı raporumuz İngilizce olarak yayınlandı. Bu Bilgi Notu, özellikle Ankara karar alıcıları ve yereldeki yetkili mercilere yönelik rapordaki çözüm önerilerini özetlemektedir.

Integrating Syrian Refugees in Istanbul’s “District of Victimhood”

Sultangazi is home to a mix of religious and ethnic groups – as well as 50,000 Syrian refugees. The district received the refugees warmly. But resentment is rising, as public services suffer and opposition forces suspect the ruling party of using refugees to exacerbate social divisions.

Turkey’s PKK Conflict Kills almost 3,000 in Two Years

20 July 2017 marks the two-year anniversary of a collapsed ceasefire that previously held for two-and-a-half-years between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Crisis Group's new analysis of open-source data reveals that the ongoing cycle of violence has now killed three times as many as the 2011-12 escalation.