Dr. Altay Atlı is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations of Koç University, and the founding director of “Atlı Global”, an Istanbul-based boutique advisory firm providing consulting and executive services on global affairs and political risk. His areas of academic interest include international political economy, Asian international relations, Turkey’s relations with Asian countries, business-government relations and the political economy of Turkish foreign policy. A graduate of the German High School (Deutsche Schule) in Istanbul, he completed a B.A. degree in Economics at Boğaziçi University, an M.A. degree in International Business at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Boğaziçi University. Dr. Atlı was affiliated with Boğaziçi University’s Asian Studies Center as well as Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center, and he also worked as a research coordinator at Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK).
Dr. Atlı was chosen as a "Global Emerging Voices Fellow” by Torino World Affairs Institute, in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Australian National University, and Stiftung Mercator; and he was recognized as a “Young Academics Fellow” by the Global Relations Forum. He is an expert member at the China Network of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) and in addition to the weekly TV show “Rising Asia” he prepares and hosts on Ekotürk, a Turkish national channel, he regularly appears on programs in channels like Bloomberg, BBC World, Turkish Radio Television (TRT), TvNet, CGTN, Channel News Asia, China Radio International, commenting on developments in global affairs and Turkey’s international relations.
Ferhat Pirincci is a professor of international relations at Bursa Uludağ University, Turkey where he teaches courses on international relations, Middle East politics, American foreign policy among others. He received his Ph.D. from the same university with the dissertation on armament and security in the Middle East. He published two books, several scholarly articles, book chapters, op-eds, policy papers and analysis on the Middle East politics, Turkish foreign policy, Turkey-U.S. relations, and American foreign policy.
He worked as an advisor at SAM, the Center for Strategic Research, an in-house think-tank of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey from 2012 to 2014 where he organized and participated in numerous meetings relating to Turkish foreign policy. From 2014 to 2015 he worked as an academic coordinator and advisor at ORSAM, Center for Middle Eastern Studies where he participated in several international projects, made field researches on the Syrian crisis and its spillover effects. His current interest is in the changing security structure in the Middle East and North Africa.
Yildirim Beyazit University
Antalya Bilim University
Prof. Dr. Tarık Oğuzlu is currently the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations and the Director of the Center for Social, Economic and Political Research (SEPAM, www.sepam.antalya.edu.tr) at Antalya Bilim University. He received a Ph.D. degree in International Relations from Bilkent University in 2003 and a Masters’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000; he also received a Masters degree in International Relations from Bilkent University in 1998.
Oğuzlu was granted the Jean Monnet Scholarship of the European Commission in 1999. He currently works on a wide ray of subjects, such as international relations theories, Europeanization of foreign policy, European Union foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, Turkish foreign policy, Turkey’s relations with EU and NATO/US, Turkey-Greece relations, the Cyprus dispute, and Turkey and the Middle East relations. He is one of the co-editors of the book “Turkey’s Rise as an Emerging Power” and has had academic articles published in a number of journals, including Political Science Quarterly, Washington Quarterly, Middle East Policy, International Journal, Security Dialogue, Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, European Security, International Spectator, Contemporary Security Policy, Mediterranean Politics, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Balkans and Near Eastern Studies, Insight Turkey and International Relations, etc. He is extremely excited to be contributing to THO or something about where he works now.
Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)
Temmuz Yigit Bezmez is currently working at the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) as an Assistant Coordinator for the Turkey/Asia-Pacific Business Council in Istanbul.
Temmuz holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics Science from Galatasaray University in Turkey and a Master’s degree in International Trade from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – he was the recipient of the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship from the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. He also completed an exchange program at Sciences Po University in Paris. Temmuz is a regular contributor to a number of publications, including Business Diplomacy Magazine, International Political Academy (UPA) and the Gergedan Social Sciences Magazine.
Before beginning his current position with DEIK, he worked as an intern at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. He has been taking part in developing policy guidelines and coordinating capacity with the UNECE – building activities to achieve SDGs No.10 and No.11 of UN Global Agenda 2030.
From 2018 until 2019, Temmuz was the President of the International Law and Diplomacy Association at Galatasaray University, where he organized a “Diplomacy Academy” to bring together policymakers, diplomats, and academics on global issues. He also served at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was an intern at the Centre for Strategic Research; there he attended several seminars and lectures and was involved in writing literature reviews about the conflict in Syria. Temmuz is interested in the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region, public governance, diplomacy, French politics, social movements, and leadership development. He has a strong passion for creating awareness among young people for global issues and prioritizes contributing to the progress of civil society.
Katherine Reilly is a recent graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and current Toshizo Watanabe Fellow at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. Her research focuses on East Asian security issues with a particular concentration on cyber and nuclear security issues.
Previously, Katherine worked for the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston as a Researcher for the Economic Affairs and Science & Technology division and for the JET Program as an Assistant Language Teacher. While at the consulate, Katherine supported the Researcher and Advisor for Science and Technology, facilitated dialogue between Japan and New England, assisted delegations from Japan, and conducted research on economic affairs related to Japan and the region. Katherine graduated from Bard College with a major in Asian Studies.
A native of Istanbul, Ertuğrul Genç earned his BA in Business Administration from Marmara University, has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Bahcesehir University and currently is a Ph.D. candidate at Bahcesehir University. During the early years of his Ph.D., he worked for the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Bahcesehir University.
Since 2013, Ertuğrul Genç has also been working as a translator for various private corporations and NGOs in Turkey and the U.S. He translates non-fiction books where the topics range from science fiction movies to environmentalism and literature. One of his translated work includes Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, which became an enormously successful bestseller in Turkey and also the book of the year in 2016 and one of the best-selling books in 2017. Furthermore, his other translation work includes two non-fiction books as well as two fiction books being translated from Turkish to English.
Since 2016, he has been working as a data science analyst at PhotoButler, a tech startup located in Boston, US, while he continues working on his research and translations.
University of Pittsburgh