Turkish think tanks

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Turkish think tanks are relatively new.[1] Many of them are sister organizations of a political party or a company. University think tanks are not typical.

Turkish think tanks provide research and ideas yet they play less important roles in policy making when compared with the American think tanks.

  • T.A.S.A.M. is Istanbul-centred and nationalist.
  • Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (T.E.S.E.V.) is a liberal research centre in Istanbul.[4] Close to the business circles, yet less effective in political circles.[citation needed]
  • Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) is a liberal research centre based in Ankara. Close to business circles, particularly chambers of commerce. Undertakes research and projects on economic and foreign policy and good governance.
  • USTAD is Mardin centred and liberal democrat.İnternational strategic Analysis and Research Center Mardin-centred democratic-liberal think tank, established in 2011.(USTAD) [5]
  • T.U.R.A.N.S.A.M. is Konya centred. Rightist nationalist, defenses Turkish Nationalism and TURANIAN Ideological Holy Union of World Turks'. Close to the military and National Action Party's ideologies. Established in 2007. Radical Islamic and Turkish Nationalist Think-Thank Organisation, NGO, Thought Producer Organisation. Founder President is Dr. Elnur Hasan MIKAIL(Ph. D. in History), also he's an Expert in an International Relations with the M. Sc. Degree in IR branch, born in old Sovietski street-Yasamal, Baku city, Republic of Azerbaijan. He immigrated to Turkey when he was 18 years old and since that date he lives in Turkey. He's a writer of 4 scientific books one of them written in English. - TURAN-CSR : TURAN Center for Strategical Researches, Konya based, nationalist Turkish Think-Thank org.
  • T.U.S.A.M. is Ankara-centred. Leftist nationalist. Close to the ultra-nationalist military circles.
  • Turkish Centre for International Relations & Strategic Analysis (TURKSAM). Ankara-centred nationalist think tank, established in 2004. Close to the military and Nationalist Action Party circles.


  1. ^ "Turkey's think tank scene," Turkish Daily News Dec 27, 2005.
  2. ^ Ersan Sabah, Hasan (2008-08-12). "Kürtçe yemin emri Öcalan'dan gelmiş". Sabah (in Turkish). Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  3. ^ Read a sample paper in English from the Ergenekon case: "The role of the 'state' in international relations," file 320, addenda to the Ergenekon indictment, pg. 265-284.
  4. ^ "Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation". Turkey - now. Turkish- U.S. Business Council. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 

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