The Bosphorus Institute (French: Institut du Bosphore) is a think-tank of high-level Turkish and French personalities from various backgrounds including politicians, businessmen, economists, experts and intellectuals. The stated mission of the Institut du Bosphore is to bolster free and objective links between France and Turkey.
The Institute debates topics such as global politics, economy, social and cultural issues with a view to highlighting Turkey's involvement in global society and in particular its close ties with the European Union and France. It facilitates common reflection of French and Turkish people on Europe and current global issues.
Thierry Meyssan, an independent analyst of the French deep state, describes it without specifying further:
In 2021, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) rejected remarks in a French Senate report about the work of the Institut du Bosphore, titled “Better protection of our scientific heritage and our academic freedom”
The report states
- The financing and creation of think-tanks which promote theses favorable to the positions of the regime is the second aspect of the Turkish strategy of influence in higher education. The advantage of think-tanks is that the line between research and lobbying is in some cases difficult to draw, and their regulation is weaker.
- The Bosphorus Institute is a think tank created at the initiative of TÜSİAD), an association of industries and businesses in Turkey....According to its website, its "main mission is to be one of the active drivers of debates on Turkey in France, in particular through the organization of leading events". According to the elements reported concerning his work, these are rarely "untruths", but more theses and notes which would present only one point of view, or which voluntarily omit aspects of a problem. In addition, it appears that the Bosphorus Institute identifies the authors of articles on Turkey, which could be interpreted by some researchers as a form of “tracking” or surveillance.
- Nathalie Tocci (1 September 2011). Turkey’s European Future: Behind the Scenes of America’s Influence on EU-Turkey Relations. NYU Press. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-8147-8416-7
- İhsan Bal; M. Turgut Demirtepe (1 January 2012). USAK Yearbook of Politics and International Relations: Volume 5. International Strategic Research Organization (USAK). p. 70.
- Joachim Klewes; Robert Wreschniok (13 October 2009). Reputation Capital: Building and Maintaining Trust in the 21st Century. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 283.
- https://www.lesechos.fr/idees-debats/cercle/istanbul-catalyseur-du-renouveau-turc-1122684 |accessdate=22 February 2020