Nigar Göksel

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Türkiye
Istanbul, Türkiye

Crisis Group Role

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

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
  • Türkiye's neighborhood foreign policies
  • Türkiye-EU relations
  • Geopolitics of the South Caucasus

Languages

  • Turkish
  • English

In The News

13 Jun 2021
How do you not lose Turkey while you try to curb Erdogan? Erdogan is trying to find a way forward when they are trying to make sure he does not score political points. The New York Times

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Türkiye
7 Oct 2020
Drones have enabled [Turkey] to drive the PKK out of mountainous pockets where they had established a significant presence. Financial Times

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Türkiye
28 Aug 2020
The adversarial positions of the UAE and Turkey across the Middle East and North Africa are spilling into the East Mediterranean dispute. Time

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Türkiye
27 Feb 2020
Getting out [of Idlib] altogether, allowing the refugees to come into Turkey and letting Assad take that space is not an idea that’s going to resonate with Turkish societ... Financial Times

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Türkiye
23 Jul 2019
Today's news that Turkey's suspended the readmission agreement with the EU will not make much practical difference for either Brussels or Ankara nor for refugees/migrants... Twitter

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Türkiye
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... Al-Monitor

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Türkiye

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