istanpol logo Loading
Electoral Systems in Turkey and Recommendations for a New Electoral System
Dr. Esra İşsever-Ekinci

In this policy paper, Dr. Esra İşsever-Ekinci evaluates the existing electoral systemin Turkey as well as the curre... ...

Read More
United in Euroscepticism: Populist Foreign Policy in Hungary and Poland
Edit Zgut

The post-Cold war age, in particular, the Euroatlantic integration and the multiple crises of the European Union provided fertile ground for the rise of populism both in the East and the West. Researc... ...

Read More
Health Inequalities in Turkey
Prof. Dr. Kayıhan Pala

Health inequalities are avoidable health disparities that adversely affect people’s health and lead to premature death. Since health is one of the most basic innate human rights, these dispariti... ...

Read More
Main Conflicts in Turkey's Foreign Policy
Dr. Cihan Dizdaroğlu, Dr. Pınar Sayan

Changing aspects of Turkish foreign policy have long attracted both national and international attention. Some of the most significant developments include the standstill in Turkey’s accession t... ...

Read More
Employment and Precarity of Elderly Population in Turkey
Alphan Telek, Cem Özgüzel, Seren Selvin Korkmaz

Despite the fact that one out of every ten people in Turkey is 65 years old or older, the lack of requisite social policies for this age group leaves those people vulnerable. In addition, it has been ... ...

Read More
Impacts of Taxation on the Distribution of Income in Turkey
Prof. Haluk Levent, Prof. Öner Günçavdı, Assoc. Prof. Ayşe Aylin Bayar

In this policy paper, Prof. Haluk Levent, Prof. Öner Günçavdı and Associate Prof. Ayşe Aylin Bayar discuss the taxation policy in Turkey and its consequences on income inequality. The... ...

Read More
Reinstatement of Rule of Law in Turkey: Proposals for an Independent and Impartial Judiciary
Assoc. Prof. Demirhan Burak Çelik

In the course of the processes of democratisation, institutions play a crucial role. Democracies can function effectively and overcome existential crises to the extent that they are institutionalised.... ...

Read More
A New System of Government for Turkey: Problems and Proposed Solutions
Prof. Dr. Şule Özsoy Boyunsuz, Dr. Berk Esen

In the course of the processes of democratisation, institutions play a crucial role. Democracies can function effectively and overcome existential crises to the extent that they are institutionalised.... ...

Read More
Pandemic Management in Turkey: The Question of Institutionalization and Institutional Memory
Assoc. Prof. Fatih Artvinli

The aim of this report is to discuss the “pandemic management” within the historical context of institutions, to evaluate institutionalization attempts regarding pandemic management, under... ...

Read More
The Prospects for Peace in Cyprus - The Impact of Elections in the North
Dr. Cihan Dizdaroğlu

Turkish Cypriots are preparing to elect their fifth president – the next community leader – to guide the peace negotiations. The presidential election in the Turkish Republic of Northern C... ...

Read More
Policy Recommendations Towards Immigrants, Asylum-Seekers and Refugees for the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Derya Özkul

In this policy report, Dr. Derya Özkul explores the problems faced by irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees during the COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey. The first part explains the backgroun... ...

Read More
Teleworkability and Its Impacts on Inequality in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Uğur Aytun, Dr. Cem Özgüzel

In this policy paper, Dr. Uğur Aytun and Dr. Cem Özgüzel discuss workability practices that have become prevalent in Turkey as a result of social-distancing measures taken in the wake of the... ...

Read More
The Future of Agricultural Policy in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Prof. Bülent Gülçubuk

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global wave of panic, and left many worried about their future. The pandemic has unleashed significant concerns about food shortages and insufficiency of domestic... ...

Read More
Impacts of COVID-19 on Women’s Domestic and Professional Engagements
Assoc. Prof. Ayşe Aylin Bayar, Prof. Öner Günçavdı, Prof. Haluk Levent

As COVID-19 pandemic hits global economy, vulnerable groups in the society also carry the burden of this outbreak. In this policy paper, Assoc. Prof. Bayar, Prof. Günçavdı and Prof. Levent... ...

Read More
COVID-19 Infodemic and Its Management: A Comparison and the Case of Turkey
Prof. Dr. Sibel Sakarya, Intern Dr. Gizem Uzunköprü

The COVID-19 outbreak, caused by a new virus that has many unknowns, has led to an excessive demand for information across the globe. In response to this demand, an explosion of information on COVID-1... ...

Read More
Economic Stimulus Packages as a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Comparison & the Case of Turkey
Prof. Ceyhun Elgin, Assist. Prof. Gökçe Başbuğ

In this policy paper, Prof. Ceyhun Elgin of Columbia University and Dr. Gökçe Başbuğ of Sungkyunkwan University comparatively evaluate the economic stimulus packages adopted by national go... ...

Read More
The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Income Distribution in Turkey and Available Policy Choices
Assoc. Prof. Ayşe Aylin Bayar, Prof. Öner Günçavdı, Prof. Haluk Levent

Our world is facing the biggest global crisis since the World War II. The already deteriorating economies are confronted by an unprecedented challenge. In this policy paper, Assoc. Prof. Bayar, Prof. ... ...

Read More
US-Turkey Relations - How to Avoid a Complete Breakdown?
Dr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca

We are observing the most turbulent period in Turkey-US relations, notwithstanding the congenial personal relations between Presidents Trump and Erdoğan. While it is natural to observe occasional dive... ...

Read More
Is it time to negotiate a complementary framework for Turkey-EU relations?
Dr. İlke Toygür

For years, Turkey and the European Union settled into a very fragile status quo. Even if the relationship proved itself more resilient than many expected, the current framework - Turkey being a candid... ...

Read More