Suat Kiniklioglu is executive director of the Ankara-based Center for Strategic Communication (STRATIM). Kiniklioglu served in the Turkish Parliament from 2007 to 2011. While in parliament Mr. Kiniklioglu was Chairman of the Turkey – U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and spokesman of the Parliament’s foreign affairs committee. He also served as deputy chairman of external affairs of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) but parted ways with the AKP in 2012. Mr. Kiniklioglu became a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. and the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago in 2014-2105.

Prior to his political career Mr. Kiniklioglu was founding executive director of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.’s Ankara office, Turkey & Caucasus representative of the Canadian International Development Agency and served as communications officer in the Turkish Air Force. Mr. Kiniklioglu’s research interests include Turkish foreign and security policy especially as it relates to the Middle East, Russia and the U.S. as well as Black Sea security.

He holds a B.Sc. from the Turkish Air Force Academy, a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and a Master in International Relations degree from Bilkent University, Ankara.

Mr. Kiniklioglu speaks Turkish, English, German and some Russian.

Publications by Suat Kiniklioglu

  • Turkey’s election reveals the durability of nationalism

    Suat Kiniklioglu was formerly deputy chairman of external affairs for Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) before parting ways in 2012. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for Security & […]

  • Turkey and the West: How Bad is it?

    The U.S. suspension of visa services in Turkey is an indication of the depth of the fissures between the West and Turkey. While Turkish bureaucrats are trying to maintain functioning relations with the West, there are growing calls in Washington, Ankara and Berlin to redefine Turkey policy. Is Turkey headed for an incremental divorce with the West?

  • Das türkische Puzzle

    Wenn der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan zum G-20-Gipfel in Hamburg eintrifft ist er wahrscheinlich angespannt. Immerhin verwehrt Deutschland seinen Leibwächtern die Einreise (sie waren kürzlich in Washington in eine […]

  • Turkey and Russia: Aggrieved Nativism par excellence

    Turkey and Russia have recently both turned to an aggrieved nativism that delegitimizes democratic opposition. This nativism is nationalist, anti-elitist, protectionist, revanchist/irredentist, xenophobic and “macho”. Despite three decades of post-Cold […]