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Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey

Crisis Group Role

 

Nigar Goksel has been Turkey Project Director since April 2015. Based in Istanbul, she researches, produces reports and conducts advocacy on regional and internal security issues in Turkey, and between Turkey and its neighbours. She also oversees the work of Crisis Group office in Turkey.

Professional Background

  • Editor-in-Chief of Turkish Policy Quarterly – TPQ (2002-2015)
  • Senior Analyst at the European Stability Initiative (2004-2011)
  • Head of International Relations department for the ARI Movement (2002-2004)
  • Country Director at IREX (2001-2003)
  • Project Manager at TESEV (2000-2002)
  • Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD), U.S. office (APRIL 2000-AUGUST 2000)
  • Executive Assistant to the Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States (SEPTEMBER 1998-APRIL 2000)
     

Areas of Expertise

  • Turkish politics
  • Turkey's neighborhood foreign policies
  • Turkey-EU relations
  • Geopolitics of the South Caucasus

Languages

  • Turkish
  • English

In The News

4 Sep 2018
The sense of public spaces [in Turkey] becoming more unsafe is fed by the tendency of criminal networks to use Syrian men and women for theft, prostitution drug sales and the like, and Syrians are blamed for disruption of public order and safety. Al-Monitor

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Turkey
30 Jun 2018
The success of the AKP-MHP partnership shows that the Islamist-nationalist fusion is alive and kicking in Turkish society. Financial Times

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Turkey
21 Feb 2018
The most worrisome development that we saw was that among Turkish citizens there is a negative stance towards the long-term integration of Syrians across the political spectrum. InfoMigrants

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Turkey
7 Apr 2017
There is no durable military solution to Turkey's PKK conflict. Peace talks between Ankara and the PKK are the only way forward for a durable solution. Reuters

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Turkey
12 Dec 2016
Both because of the Syria theater and domestic politics, it doesn’t look like either [Turkey or Kurdish militants] are going to be willing to seek an alternative route in the foreseeable future. TIME

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Turkey
18 Jul 2016
The people [in Turkey] did what they needed to. They stood by the government. They showed political maturity. But now the ball is in the court of the government to reciprocate. TIME

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Turkey

Latest Updates

Turkey’s Siege Mentality

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is shaping a narrative of a country under siege, a ​victim of Western powers both in history​ and in today’s Syrian war​. While this rhetoric is popular, a broader platform is needed to bridge sharp divisions in society and mend relations with longstanding Euro-Atlantic allies.

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.

Erdoğan’s Pyrrhic Victory

The Turkish leader’s instincts saved him from a coup, but his authoritarian instincts will again threaten his legitimacy.

Originally published in Politico Europe

The Struggle with Islamic State that Turkey Hoped to Avoid

In this Q&A, Crisis Group tapped the views of its Project Director and Analyst in Turkey, Nigar Göksel and Berkay Mandıracı, as well as its Russia and the North Caucasus Project Director, Ekaterina Sokirianskaia.