Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation

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The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) "is an Istanbul-based think tank supported by private sector funding from Turkey and abroad and is wholly independent of government. Established in 1994, TESEV receives no contributions or support from the Turkish government, and all its activities are non-governmental.

"TESEV's roots date back to the Economic and Social Studies Conference Board (ESSCB), which was founded in 1961 by late Dr. Nejat Eczacibasi, a prominent businessman and philanthropist. During the early 1990s, members of the academia from different universities, members of NGOs and leading officials from the Turkish Foreign Ministry decided to collaborate to establish a fund raising foundation for the purpose of promoting applied policy related research. What emerged from these collaborative efforts was the merger of ESSCB with various other initiatives to establish TESEV. Since its establishment as a foundation TESEV expanded its research and agenda range to include a more active interest in international affairs, with a particular focus on Turkey-EU relations and regional economic and security questions." [1]

Member of the World Movement for Democracy network.

Employees' Bios [2]


Contact details

Email: info AT tesev.org.tr
Web: http://www.tesev.org.tr/eng

Resources and articles

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  1. What is TESEV?, TESEV, accessed July 8, 2007.
  2. Employees' Bios, TESEV, accessed July 8, 2007.