International Relations Theory, Security Studies, Grand Strategy, Diplomatic History, Turkish Foreign Policy
I conducted my BA and MA studies in International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. In the process, I defended a master’s thesis concerning the impact of democratization on foreign policy behavior by examining the declining Turkish-Israeli alliance. Thereafter, I joined the Ph.D. in International Relations program at FIU in fall 2013 with a Fulbright Scholarship.
I am primarily interested in long-term processes, material factors, and ideas, and how they interact with modern forces to shape contemporary international politics. In this respect, I am fascinated by such topics as the formation and consequent institutional trajectories of states, changes (and sometimes persistence) in the way foreign policy elites give meaning to their environments, and why states employ self-defeating strategies. I have conducted research on contemporary Turkish foreign policy, strategic culture, and state-building in South America. I am trying to incorporate aspects of these topics in my dissertation research on international order. My goal with this project is creating a new typology of grand strategy that not only seeks to explain contemporary US and Chinese foreign policy and also to provide a better theoretical grounding for the concept of rouge, or “revisionist,” state behavior. I also teach classes on Foreign Policymaking and Theories of International Relations. In my spare time, I try to contribute op-eds about Turkish foreign policy and pursue my passion in reading about modern European history.