The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University was established in 2004 as the Center for European Union Studies to study Turkey’s European Union accession process. Since September 2010, CIES has been undergoing a major transformation by widening its focus in order to pursue applied, policy-oriented research and to promote debate on the most pressing geostrategic issues of the region.
Its areas of research and interaction include EU institutions and policies (such as enlargement, neighbourhood policies and CFSP/CSEDP), cross-cutting horizontal issues such as regional cooperation, global governance, and security, inter alia with a geographical focus on the Black Sea Region (including the Caucasus), the Mediterranean, Southeastern Europe, Turkish-Greek relations, and transatlantic relations.
In order to achieve its aims, the Center plans to focus on the following:
a) By promoting activities that are sustainable both in terms of their funding and over the long term. These include training seminars for young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students and experts as well as research projects which enhance the Center’s expertise in its priority areas.
b) By promoting synergies with relevant departments and faculties at Kadir Has University such as the Department of International Relations and the faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.
c) By cooperating with other pertinent research centers and faculty departments in other universities across Turkey in common research projects, seminars and conferences.
d) By pursuing activities which enhance international cooperation by working with likeminded research centers, universities, and individual academics and research and building partnerships in the form of joint research projects, project proposals, and meetings in order to enhance the capacity building, international presence and reputation of the Center.
e) By launching a publication series which reflects the result of the various research activities of the Center.
f) By holding a number of outreach activities that promote the activities and findings of the Center to the wider university community and the general public.
Activities and Current Projects
CIES will thus seek to enhance its recognition as a viable policy-oriented research center incrementally by augmenting its output (policy-oriented studies, seminars, conferences, training symposia, and other outreach activities).
The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University pursues applied, policy-oriented research and promotes debate on the most pressing global geostrategic issues. The CIES team is composed of an experienced director, 3 senior associates, 5 research associates, a project coordinator, and an office administrator. Its areas of focus include security, regional cooperation, governance, youth leadership, and sustainable development, inter alia, with a geographical focus on the European Union, its Eastern Neighbourhood, Black Sea Region, Turkey, South-eastern Europe, the wider Middle East, transatlantic relations, Greek-Turkish relations, and Asia.
In order to empower young leaders for regional cooperation, the CIES organises the annual “International Neighbourhood Symposium" (INS) gathering the key stakeholders and young professionals from Europe’s Neighbourhoods since 2011. The CIES has reached to 270 young leaders via the INS who are actively engaged in promoting regional cooperation. Another annual project of the CIES on youth leadership and security is the “Greek-Turkish Young Leaders Symposium on Security” (GTYLS) that brings together since 2015 Greeks and Turks aged between 22 and 35 years old to enhance cooperation and dialogue.
In terms of good governance, the CIES has launched a new project titled “Striving for Good Governance: Civil Society Strengthening and Youth Empowerment” with the support of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the Matra Program. The CIES implemented in 2016 the project titled “CSO Cooperation across Borders” to support the triangular relationship between Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus (both communities) with the involvement of civil society experts. Additionally, the CIES implemented in 2015 the project titled “Promoting Dialogue between Iran and Turkey through Good Governance and Civic Engagement” to strengthen the capability of youth and women with regard to civic engagement and good governance in Iran and Turkey.
Sustainable development is becoming a significant area of research and study for the CIES. It recently launched a new initiative titled “Talking Development: The Glocal Approach, Global Goals & Local Solutions”. It is to be held in the form of a series of periodic debates on each one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals while it also includes the launching of an SDG Multi-Stakeholder Platform in partnership with business and Civil Society Organizations. The CIES is also planning to organize “International Development Academy” (IDA) in 2018. The IDA aims to raise awareness about the global development agendas and the SDGs by training/educating its participants on its relevance.
Its latest research projects entitled as “How Turkish Elites View Turkish Foreign Policy and Greek Turkish Relations”, “Quo Vadis the Eastern Mediterranean? Recommendations from Regional Security Experts”, and “The Atlantic Alliance and Turkey: Prospects for the Future” all have a security focus. In addition, the CIES has publication series such as "The Neighbourhood Policy Papers", "Policy Briefs", "CIES Commentary" and seasonal newsletters.