Gareth Jenkins

Gareth Jenkins is a British national who has been living and working in Istanbul since 1989. He is currently a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, a transatlantic research and policy initiative between the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington and the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm. He is also a Country of Origin Information (COI) expert for the International Refugee Rights Initiative in Oxford, United Kingdom, and a Consulting Fellow with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

During his first ten years in Turkey, Gareth Jenkins worked primarily as a journalist for international wire services, newspapers and periodicals, covering a range of political, economic and social issues related to Turkey and the surrounding region. Amongst others, he has written for Reuters, Time magazine, Newsweek, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the International Herald Tribune, Bridge News, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the European, the Financial Times, Global Agribusiness, Farm Journal magazine, Doing Business in Turkey, Jane’s Intelligence Review, International Affairs, Al Ahram Weekly, Turkey Analyst, Eurasia Daily Monitor, Survival, Strategic Comment, Strategic Survey, Turkey Analyst, Foreign Report and National Geographic.

Although he has continued to write and provide commentaries for the international media on various aspects of Turkish politics and economics, over the last 15 years Gareth Jenkins has increasingly concentrated on consulting, analysis and research related to Turkey and its region. During this time, he has provided services to a wide range of companies, professional bodies, governmental institutions and international organizations in numerous fields, including political analysis, risk analysis, security issues and the business environment.

His main fields of expertise are: Turkish domestic politics, security issues, civil-military relations, the Kurdish issue, political Islam, foreign policy, social change, economics and the business environment.

His publications include: 

  • Context and Circumstance: The Turkish Military and Politics (Oxford: OUP, 2001).
  • Political Islam in Turkey: Running West, Heading East? (New York: Palgrave, 2008).
  • Between Fact and Fantasy: Turkey’s Ergenekon Investigation (Silk Road Paper, August 2009).
  • Occasional Allies, Enduring Rivals: Turkey’s Relations with Iran (Silk Road Paper, May 2012).
  • Turkey: A Modern History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018).
  • The PKK Insurgency (London: Routledge, 2018).