FNF has been actively working in Turkey with partners from civil society, academia, economy and politics since 1991, when we opened our office in Ankara. In 2002, we moved to Istanbul. Turkey is of crucial importance for Germany, Europe and the transatlantic cooperation due to its history, culture, economy, and geographical location. Therefore, FNF offers support to liberal-minded citizens and organizations in Turkey to promote liberal values in the society. This way, we strive to contribute to a liberal, democratic and prospering Turkey for all citizens.
The agility to challenge the status quo
Professor Zeynep Alemdar, a Turkish academic, on why political representation matters and women should be put at the forefront of global decision making. “Feminist foreign policy is about making women count in all foreign policy decisions. To make use of women's knowledge, of women's experience, and of women's intelligence in an area which has traditionally neglected women”, Alemdar explains.
War in Europe: The Role of Turkey
Turkey has established itself as a mediator in the Ukraine conflict and Erdogan has repeatedly emphasized that he does not want to give up either partner. The next few weeks will not only show what place the country will find in a changed European security order, but also whether the current position of balancing offers opportunities for conflict management, or whether Turkey will be doomed.
The importance of dreaming big
Syrian human rights activist Ravda Nur Cuma believes that education can save lives. She supports sending refugee girls back to school, preventing early marriages. Her mission is to fight for equality and human-rights-oriented politics. I support peace with a smile.
Statement of the Management Board
Statement of the Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom on the Russian invasion of Ukraine: The Board of the FNF strongly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia's actions are an attack on the European security order. Russia alone is responsible for the human suffering. The Russian invasion of Ukraine will find a common response in solidarity with Ukraine.
Chronicle of an Urban Crime in İzmir’s Historic Neighbourhood
Uncertainty lingers over the future of İzmir’s Damlacık neighbourhood, a third-degree archaeological site. An urban transformation project is underway in an area demolished after the construction of a tunnel. Eight years later, Damlacık is a derelict neighbourhood, but Turkish authorities still refuse to bear responsibility for the damages caused.
The Pandemic Diary Of The Aged 65+
In this eight-day long series, people aged 65 and over tell us about the physical and mental scars they were left with during the pandemic, the danger of being shown as “scapegoats” and their struggle with technology.
Report on Freedom of the Press in Turkey
The issue of freedom of the press in Turkey is no longer a controversial issue. In this context, Freedom Research Association has been monitoring the state of the freedom of the press since 2014. It is addressing the state of the press freedom in Turkey from January 1st of the year 2019 to June 21, 2020. The report examines the pressure on press organizations and journalists by using three variables: “legal framework”, “economical dependency” and “polarization”.