Wikistrat Expert Dr. H. Akın Ünver

Dr. H. Akın Ünver

Faculty Fellow at Kadir Has University, Istanbul

Dr. Ünver is a faculty fellow at Kadir Has University’s international relations department. Previously, he was the Ertegun fellow at Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies department, being the only academic to retain this prestigious fellowship for two consecutive years. Ünver has also won the Middle East Studies Association’s Malcolm H. Kerr social sciences award in 2010.

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Dr. Ünver is the Ertegün Lecturer of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies department. Previously he was a joint post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s Center for European Studies and the Center for the Middle East and North African Studies, where he authored several articles on Turkish politics, most notable of which is ”Turkey’s deep-state and the Ergenekon conundrum”, published by the Middle East Institute. Born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, he graduated from T.E.D. Ankara College in 1999 and earned his B.A. in International Relations from Bilkent University (2003) and MSc in European Studies from the Middle East Technical University (2005).

He received his PhD from the Department of Government, University of Essex, where his dissertation, ‘A comparative analysis of the discourses on the Kurdish question in the European Parliament, US Congress and Turkish National Assembly‘ has won the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 2010 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in Social Sciences. Akın also assumed entry-level policy positions at the European Union Secretariat-General, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eurasian Center for Strategic Studies (ASAM) and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (D.C.), as well as teaching positions at the University of Essex (Theories of International Relations) and Sabancı University (Turkey and the Middle East).

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Dr. H. Akın Ünver is a Senior Analyst in Wikistrat’s Analytic Community

Academic Qualifications:
PhD in International Relations, University of Essex
MSc in European Studies, Middle East Technical University
BA in International Relations, Bilkent University

Areas of Expertise:
Middle East
European Union
Turkish domestic-foreign-energy politics
Terrorism Secularism and nationalism
Regional Security Complex Theory (RSCT)


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