Turkey & EU neighbourhood
Director: Nathalie Tocci
Researchers: Daniela Huber, Nona Mikhelidze
Junior researcher: Bianca Benvenuti
Programme & Events assistant: Nathalie Champion
A focus of research at IAI is on EU’s relations with Turkey and the Caucasus.
Turkey is not only an EU accession state, but its regional role in the Caucasus and the Middle East is of crucial importance for the EU not only due to its contribution to stability in a rapidly transforming region, but also for its emerging role as a regional energy hub. Research in this area focuses on several dimensions: dynamics in the accession process and Turkey’s place in a future Europe, domestic developments in Turkey and the state of Turkish democracy, Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East and the Caucasus, as well as Turkey’s role in regional energy politics and energy cooperation with the EU. To carry out these activities, IAI is cooperating with leading analysts and research institutions working on these issues in Europe and Turkey, has created an established series of publications on these issues, and is presenting its research results in a chain of conferences in diverse European capitals.
The Caucasus has come ever closer to the EU in terms of energy politics and security issues. Research in this area explores, on one hand, emerging energy politics in the region with a focus on the Southern Gas Corridor and the role it can play in European energy security. On the other, it looks at conflicts in the Caucasus, their impact on Europe and the role the EU can play in resolving them, including its indirect approaches to peacebuilding through the promotion of good governance, democracy, and human rights. For this purpose, an ongoing series of conferences and publications has been launched in 2011.
Start/End: 2016 - 2019
FEUTURE – a consortium of 14 experienced universities and think tanks from the EU, Turkey and the neighbourhood and with the scientific coordination by the IAI and administrative coordination by...
Start/End: 2016 - current
As part of a two-year programme, the Center for American Progress (CAP) is leading - in cooperation with the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) - “Turkey in...
Turkey, Europe and the World: Political, Economic and Foreign Policy Dimensions of Turkey's Evolving Relationship with the EUStart/End: 2012 - current
The overarching theme and assumption of the project is that the EU is changing, Turkey too, and above all there is systemic change and crisis all round, ranging from economics, the spread of...
Start/End: 2015 - 2016
The eighth edition of the Transatlantic Security Symposium was held in Rome on October 26th, 2015. The conference focused on “Challenges to European Security. A Transatlantic Perspective...
Start/End: 2011 - 2015
This project examines the main policy issues regarding the role of Western countries in the South Caucasus in light of the changing political and economic dynamics in the region.
Start/End: 2014 - 2014
Turkey has moved from being an interlocutor to a key player in its neighbourhood. The aim of this study is to explore the implications this has for Turkey's regional role, for its security,...
Start/End: 2012 - 2012
The project coordinated by IAI in cooperation with the University of Trento and the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) in Baku aimed to analyse the legal framework of the autonomy statute of South...
Start/End: 2009 - 2011
Since 2009, IAI has contributed to this initiative of Unicredit in cooperation with the Center for Strategic Research (Stratejik Arastirmalar Merkezi - SAM) and and the Italian and Turkish...
Start/End: 2007 - 2011
This five year project, which began in January 2007, was an integrated project funded by the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission. Its aim was to analyse the micro causes of ethno-...
Start/End: 2009 - 2011
This three-year research project analysed the effects of European strategies and policies in the four "European" sea basins: the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. The...