As an IPC Fellow at SWP, he examines the links between the changes in the Turkish military and Turkey's membership in NATO.
Turkey is an indispensable partner for Europe's Foreign and Security Policy. The IPC-Mercator Fellowship program at SWP aims at closing gaps in the research on Turkey and strives to enrich the political debate on Turkey and its region at the German and the European level. The program invites academics from Turkey or with close working relations to Turkey to conduct research while being actively involved in policy consulting. So doing, the IPC-Stiftung Mercator Fellows gain insight in policy making in Germany and Europe.
Can Kasapoğlu is a War Studies and Security Studies scholar and defense analyst. He was Visiting Fellow at several think thanks including the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) in Israel and the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) in France. From 2015 to 2016, Can Kasapoglu was a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Italy. He worked as a Visiting Scholar in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense College in Italy. His research interests focus on strategic weapon systems with a special focus on chemical & biological warfare, missile proliferation and missile defense, hybrid warfare, NATO’s collective defense and cooperative security issues, Turkish and Israeli relations, global and regional military modernization trends and geopolitics.