Turkey: An Overview
Situated in the Middle East, Turkey has taken off both economically and politically over a decade ago. Though the think tank industry in the country is relatively new and is limited to centralized bureaucracy, an increase in the number of civil organizations has led to more involvement in policy areas. The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), a foreign policy think tank in Turkey, works on a variety of issues, including Turkey–European Union relations, the Kurdish issue, and interaction with neighbors, so that Turkey’s foreign policy can be implemented more strategically. It is also aimed at diversifying research in foreign policy and informing the public. The challenges facing think tanks in Turkey include political polarization and human resources management.