Merve Tahiroğlu

Turkey Program Director


Democracy Promotion · Human Rights · Rule of Law · Turkey · U.S.-Turkey Relations

Merve Tahiroğlu is the Turkey Program Director at POMED, where she conducts research on and advocates for democracy and human rights in Turkey. Merve is also an advisory board member at the Washington-based think tank Kurdish Peace Institute (KPI) and was a fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)’s Penn Kemble Forum on Democracy in 2020-21. Prior to joining POMED in 2019, Merve was a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where she focused on Turkey’s foreign policy, domestic politics, and relationship with Washington. Merve has authored several monographs on Turkey and published articles in outlets such as the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NBC, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and Politico.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Merve holds an MA in History from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from Duke University.

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