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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


  • Turkish
  • English

In The News

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, Turkey
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 society. Financial Times

Nigar Göksel

Project Director, Turkey
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, Turkey
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

Latest Updates

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.