Political Science and International Relations

Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Full Time Faculty Members


Mustafa Kibaroğlu
Professor & Dean

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kibaroğlu (Ph.D., Bilkent University, International Relations Department, 1996) is currently the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University in Istanbul. He used to be the Chair of Department of International Relations at Okan University in Istanbul between September 2011 and July 2014. Prof. Kibaroğlu used to teach courses on “Arms Control & Disarmament” and “Turkish Foreign Policy” in the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara from 1997 to 2011.

Prof. Kibaroğlu was a Research Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva (1995); International Atomic Energy Agency Fellow at the University of Southampton (1996); Post-doctoral Fellow at the Monterey Institute in California (1996/97); and Sabbatical Fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard University (2004/05).

Prof. Kibaroğlu is the co-author of Global Security Watch – Turkey (2009) by Praegers in the United States, and the co-editor of Defence Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (2010), Bioterrorism: Threats and Deterrents (2010), Responses to Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism (2011), Defence Against Terrorism (2011), and Analysis and Strategies to Counter the Terrorism Threat (2011) by IOS Press in Netherlands.

He is also the author and co-author of numerous chapters in books and articles in academic journals, such as Security Dialogue, Nonproliferation Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Journal, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Turkish Studies, Middle East Policy, and Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

Prof. Kibaroğlu is a Council Member of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize winner Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and he used to be the Academic Advisor of the NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) between January 2006 and January 2013.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Defence Against Terrorism Review (DATR) published by COE-DAT. His research interests are Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, International Terrorism, Middle Eastern politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Turkish Foreign Policy.

Prof. Kibaroğlu speaks French and English and he is married to Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Kibaroğlu (MEF University, Department of Political Science and International Relations) and has one son.
Research interests:
International Security,
WMD Non-Proliferation,
Arms Control,
International Terrorism,
Middle East,
Cyprus Problem,
Turkish Foreign Policy

Personal website: http://www.mustafakibaroglu.com
Email: Mustafa.Kibaroglu@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 3659

Sabbatical: Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA, (2004/2005)
Post-Doc: Monterey Institute, Monterey, California, USA (1996/1997)
Ph.D. degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations, Ankara (1996)
M.A. degree: Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, İstanbul (1990)
B.Sc. degree: Boğaziçi University, Department of Industrial Engineering, İstanbul (1987) 



Ayşegül Kibaroğlu
Professor & Chair

Aysegül Kibaroglu is professor and faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University Istanbul, Turkey. She acted as a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs in Spring 2016. Previously, she was a faculty member and the Vice Chair of the Department of International Relations at the Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey.

Dr. Kibaroglu spent a post-doctoral fellowship in the International Water Law Research Institute at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Her areas of research include: transboundary water politics, international water law, Turkish water policy, political geography and environmental security. Dr. Kibaroglu has published extensively on the politics of water resources with an emphasis on the Euphrates Tigris river basin including a book volume entitled Building a Regime for the Waters of the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin (Kluwer Law International, 2002).

She has co-edited a volume, Water Development and Poverty Reduction, with Olcay Unver and Rajiv Gupta published by the Kluwer Academic Publishers (2003). Her latest co-edited volumes, Turkey’s Water Policy and Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris Region has been published in 2011 by Springer and in 2013 by Brill, respectively.

She has also published articles in the International Negotiation Journal, Water International, Water Policy, Journal of International Affairs, and the Global Governance. She worked as Advisor to the President of the Southeastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration from 2001 to 2003. Prof. Kibaroglu is the founding member of the EuphratesTigris Initiative for Cooperation (ETIC), which was established in May 2005.

Research interests:
Transboundary Water Politics,
International Water Law,
Turkish Water Policy,
Political Geography and Environmental Security

E-mail: aysegul.kibaroglu@mef.edu.tr
Google Scholar Page:
Phone: +90 212 395 3603

Sabbatical: University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, USA, (2016)
Post-Doc: University of Dundee, Department of Law, Scotland, (2001)
Ph.D.degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations, Ankara, (1998)
M.A.degree: University of Reading, Graduate School of International Studies, United Kingdom, (1990)
B.Sc. degree: Ankara University, Department of International Relations, (1989)



Beken Saatçioğlu
Associate Professor

Beken Saatçioğlu is a faculty member at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, MEF University, Istanbul. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Marmara University, Turkey (2000). She holds an M.A. (2003) and a Ph.D. (2009) in International Relations/Political Science from the University of Virginia. Dr. Saatçioğlu has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin)’s Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) Research College “The Transformative Power of Europe” (2009-2010) and the Institute for European Integration Research (EIF) in Vienna (2010-2011).

Before joining MEF University in 2014, she taught courses at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul Bilgi University and the University of Virginia. Her research interests include European Union conditionality and enlargement, Europeanization, democratization, European integration, Turkey–EU relations and Turkish politics. Her work has been published in international edited volumes as well as academic journals including South European Society and Politics, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Democratization, Turkish Studies, Uluslararası İlişkiler (Journal of International Relations) and Insight Turkey.

Research interests:
EU conditionality and enlargement,
European integration,
Turkey-EU relations,
Turkish politics

Personal website: https://mef1.academia.edu/BekenSaatcioglu
Email: beken.saatcioglu@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 36 78

Ph.D. degree: University of Virginia, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics (2009)
Master’s degree: University of Virginia, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics (2003)
Undergraduate degree: Marmara University, Department of International Relations (2000)



Barış Çağlar
Assistant Professor

Barış Çağlar is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at MEF University Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a Ph.D. from International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Despite having being institutionally unaffliated, he conducted part of his dissertation research in Yale University and Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation, Changing Alliance and Cooperation Dynamics: Globalization, Nation-State and the Threat, is on inter-state cooperation against transnational terrorism. It studies different contours of globalization, violent non-state actor involvement in international politics and their impact on alignment and alliance behaviors of nation-states.

Dr. Çağlar participated in the weapons of mass destruction training of NATO personnel in Georgia and Greece. He represented Center of Excellence Defense against Terrorism (COE-DAT) of Turkey in international conferences several times. Alongside his think-tank pieces, he got published in Middle East Policy (SSCI), Ortadoğu Analiz (EBSCO), ORIENT Islam-Zeitschrift Fur Geschichte Und Kultur Des Islamischen Orients (GEOBASE, BAS, IPSA, PAIS, SCOPUS); COE-DAT Booklet on Border Security; Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies-ORSAM) and COE-DAT Newsletter.

An advocate of bridge-building among diverse theoretical perspectives, his epistemological line may be seen as 'a thick-realist and thin constructivist'. The qualitative, process-tracing case study is the oft-preferred methodological starting-point. 

Research Interests:
Alliance Theory and Great Power Politics,  
Foreign Policy Analysis, 
Political Theories of Security Studies,
International Security and Geopolitics under Globalization,
Inter-state Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Discord
Types of Irregular Warfare and Terrorism

Personal websitehttps://tr.linkedin.com/in/barış-çağlar-phd-5703426
E-mail: caglarb@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 3676

Ph.D. degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations, Ankara (2010)
M.A. degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations , Ankara (2001)
B.Sc. degree: Bilkent University, Department of International Relations , Ankara (1999)


Evrim Görmüş
Assistant Professor

Evrim Görmüş received her B.A in Political Science from Istanbul Bilgi University (2002). She holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a doctoral degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle (2014). Her doctoral dissertation is focused on the state and Islamic business relations in Turkey and Egypt. After having finished her PhD studies, Dr. Görmüş held a TUBITAK Repatriation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Istanbul Bilgi University from October 2014 to April 2016.  Her post-doc research project examines the impact of the neo-liberal economic development model on the redefinition of social contract between the state and society in Egypt and Tunisia. Dr. Görmüş has been a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Summer 2016. She previously taught courses at University of Washington, Seattle, Istanbul Bilgi University and Boğaziçi University. Her research interests include Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Politics, Political Islam, State-Society Relations.

Ph.D. degree: Washington Üniversitesi (2014)
M.A. degree: Oxford Üniversitesi (2003)
B. Sc. degree: İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi (2002)


Spyros Antonelos

Mr. Antonelos is a Lawyer having studied and worked in France, the U.K., Belgium and Greece, Law Office owner. He is teaching Mediation and Negotiation at MEF University.

He is also an Accredited Mediator MCIArb, amongst the first in Greece (2008), a Trainer and the Training Coordinator of Prometheus, the Athens Bar Mediators Training Centre, which he constituted for the Athens Bar. He regularly advises the Greek Ministry of Justice on Mediation.He is the co-Founder and Owner of RESOLVE Mediators Greek firm and the Director of Athens SME’s Chamber Mediation Centre ; he mainly mediates in civil, commercial, company, banking and intellectual property disputes.
Spyros has been teaching Mediation to Lawyers since 2011 in 142 seminars (8.000 attendees in 20 Greek cities and abroad). He is the co-Author of 2 Mediation Books in Greek (Mediation: International Experience & Greek Implementation, with Greek Mediator and Trainer Eleni Plessa and Mediation for Everyone, with French Judge, Mediator and Trainer Beatrice Brenneur). Spyros trained in mediation in both Europe (CIArb – U.K.) and the U.S. (Pepperdine University) and participated in mediations in the U.S. (Weinstein JAMS Fellow 2013). He is very active internationally as the Deputy Secretary General of GEMME, the European Judges Association for Mediation.

M.A. degrees: 
-Paris II Panthéon–Assas, Paris (1995)
-Edinburgh University Law School, Glasgow (2003)
B.Sc. degree: Paris II Panthéon–Assas, Paris (1994)

Personal Websitewww.antoneloslaw.gr
E-mail: antoneloss@mef.edu.tr


Cansu Güleç 
Research Assistant

Cansu Güleç has received her BA degree at Political Science and International Relations Department at Marmara University in 2010; and she completed her MA degree in 2012 as a high-honour student with her thesis "Cultural Diplomacy in Turkey's Relations with the Middle East (2002-2011)". She obtained her PhD at Marmara University at the Department of International Relations with her thesis “Turkish Foreign Policy Analysis of JDP Period: Discourse of Foreign Policy in Regional Conflicts” in May 2018, where she began in 2012. 

During her undergraduate and graduate education, Cansu Güleç worked as assistant at Bahçesehir University Center of Strategic Studies and Marmara University Research Center for International Relations; and between 2012-2014 she worked as a Research Assistant at İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl University at the Department of International Relations. Her research interests include IR theories, Foreign Policy Analysis, Turkish Foreign Policy, Turkey- Middle East relations.

Research Interests: 
IR Theories,
Foreign Policy Analysis,
Turkish Foreign Policy,
Turkish-Middle East Relations

E-mail: cansu.gulec@mef.edu.tr
Phone: +90 212 395 3610
Ph.D. degree: Marmara Üniversitesi, Department of International Relations, (ongoing)
M.A. degree: Marmara Üniversitesi, Department of International Relations, (2012)
B.Sc. degree: Marmara University, Department of International Relations (2010)

Part Time Academic Staff


Altay Atlı

Altay Atlı is a research associate at Sabancı University’s Istanbul Policy Center and a part-time lecturer teaching courses on international political economy, Asian economies and international relations in the Asia Pacific at various universities in Istanbul. Having studied in Turkey and Australia, Dr. Atlı obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Boğaziçi University. Dr. Atlı worked as research coordinator at Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), and, in addition to his academic work, he continues to provide training and consulting services for the business sector. Dr. Atlı is a columnist at the Hong Kong based international news and opinion portal “Asia Times” and more details on his work can be found in his personal web site. 

Personal Website: www.altayatli.com
Email: altay.atli@mef.edu
Ph.D. degree: Boğaziçi Üniversity



Ayşegül Akdemir

Ayşegül Akdemir is a part time instructor at MEF University, Istanbul. Upon completing her BA in Sociology from the Boğaziçi University in 2009, she received a masters scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and TEV (Turkish Educational Foundation) and earned her MA in Conflict Studies from  Universität Augsburg, Germany in 2011. She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex in 2016 with her dissertation titled “Alevis in Britain: Emerging Identities in a Transnational Social Space”. She has publications about the Alevi community in Britain and their transnational identity building process. Currently she is conducting research on Women’s Empowerment in Alevi Organisations in Istanbul, funded by Koç University Gender Studies Centre (KoçKam). She speaks English and German.

Research interests:
social identity,
international migration,
digital sociology

Personal website: https://essex.academia.edu/Ay%C5%9Feg%C3%BClAkdemir
Email: akdemiray@mef.edu.tr

Ph.D. degree: University of Essex, Sociology (2016)
Master’s degree: Universität Augsburg, Conflict Studies (2011)
Undergraduate degree: Boğaziçi University, Sociology (2009


Begüm Uzun

Uzun is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada, specializing in comparative politics and development studies. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “The State and Youth Political Participation in post-1980 Turkey:Abstention, Mobilization and the Making of Youth Political Subjectivities”, investigates how the Turkish state has governed youth political participation in the post-1980 period and with what impacts on young people’s relation to politics and political participation. Her reserach interests include youth political participation, state-society relations, state repression, and Turkish Politics. She received her M. A in  Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in 2008 where she also worked as a research assistant. She completed her BA in  Political Science and International Relations in 2005 at Marmara University.  In the past few years, she has taught courses at the University of Toronto and at Marmara University. Currently, she is one of the principal investigators of the research project titled “(The Politics of) Religious-Secular Polarization and Youth in Turkey: The Political Orientations of Religious and Secular Youth”. The project is led by Social, Economic, Political Research Foundation of Turkey(TÜSES) and funded by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey(FES). 



Çetin Eren

Çetin Eren graduated from the Philosophy and Sociology Departments, Boğaziçi University in 2000. He completed his dissertation at the department of sociology, Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation titled "Trajectory of Democracy: Social Origins of Regime Change in Turkey 1908-2014 received the National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant. It is a reconceptualization of the notions of ‘regime’, ‘coups’, and democracy, and an analytical narrative of democracy in the late Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic with a focus on class relations, revolutionary struggles, and coups d’état. 

Currently Dr. Eren teaches at the department of Political Science and International Relations, Marmara University. Over the past decade, he taught several different courses on political economy and development, Turkish political history, social movements, and political theory at Sabancı, Koç, Boğaziçi, and Marmara Universities. The main theme underlying his courses and research can be summarized as the relationship between capitalist development, the social struggles it unleashes and state structures. 

Dr. Eren is one of the founders of Mayısta Yaşam, a cooperative for a better education, that was recognized as Fark Yaratanlar by Sabancı Foundation in 2011.
Ph.D. degree: Johns Hopkins University (2014)
M.A. degree: Johns Hopkins University (2002)
B. Sc. degree: Boğaziçi University, (2000)


İpek Z. Ruacan

Ipek Zeynep Ruacan was born in Ankara in 1979. She earned her BA in International Relations from Bilkent University in 2000 and her MSc in the same subject from the London School of Economics in 2002. Upon completing of her MSc, she worked for a USA-based NGO that encouraged the active participation of young citizens in politics. She was then awarded a British Council Chevening Scholarship to start her PhD research at the University of Birmingham, completed in 2014.

Her research interests include International Relations theory and the question of the legitimacy of supra-national systems in particular. Ruacan previously taught a course on Globalization at Koc University and is currently teaching on the same subject at MEF University. 



John V. Bowlus

Dr. John V. Bowlus received his BA in classics and history from Brown University, MA in social sciences from The University of Chicago, and PhD in history from Georgetown University. In addition to teaching at MEF, he is a visiting researcher at the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. A California native, Dr. Bowlus speaks English and French and can have conversations in Turkish and Wolof, the latter due to having lived in Senegal as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He is married and has one daughter.

Research interests:
Energy Geopolitics
Energy History
Energy Transitions
U.S. Foreign Policy
Middle East Diplomatic History


Mehmet Ozyurek

Mehmet Ozyurek received his B.A in International Relations from Ege University (2008). He received his Master’s degree in International Relations at the Pennsylvania State University in May 2012 with a particular focus on transnational corporations and the regulation of global corporate conduct.

He holds a doctoral degree in Law from Durham University, 2016. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the role of transparency may have in ensuring corporations behave better towards their employees. The thesis asserts that multinational corporations must take the interests of their employees seriously, by treating them with genuine respect. During his doctoral study at Durham University, he took an active role as a PGR director of a research center within the law school. He currently works at Yalova University Faculty of Law.  

Research Interests:
Regulation of multinational corporations
Business and human rights
International Human Rights law
Transnational Law
Transnational and private governance



Pelin Oğuz

Pelin Oğuz received her B.A. degree in International Relations from Koc University (2003).  Consequently, she earned her M.A. in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University, Netherlands (2005).  Finally, she became a Ph.D. in Political Science after successfully defending her thesis at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2016.  Her dissertation is titled as: “The politics of nature and neoliberalism: An assessment of the impact of Hydroelectric Power plants on Local Populations”.  She has publications focusing on politics on nature.

Throughout her studies she has worked in development projects in Turkey collaborating with civil society institutions.   She also worked as an instructor at Koç University for the courses related to history of Turkish Revolution (2005-2015).  Dr. Oğuz recently worked as a part-time lecturer at Istanbul Commerce University teaching a course titled as “World Politics and Conflict Resolution” as a part of the M.A. Program in African Studies (2017).
Research interests: environment, ecology, development, conflict studies, climate change, migration, identity and energy politics.
Ph.D. degree: İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi (2016)
M.A. degree: Utrecht Üniversitesi (2005)
B.A. degree: Koç Üniversitesi (2003

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