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Assoc.Prof.Dr. Özgün ERLER BAYIR

Jean Monnet Module Chair  FUTUREU   (Future of EU: Security, Economy and Transatlantic Relations)

AOSCentral and Eastern European Politics, European Studies, EU Policies, European Integration, Poland’s Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy, Science Diplomacy, Foreign Policy Analysis, Digital Diplomacy

AOCDigitalization, Integration Studies, Different Methods in Education of International Relations, Security Studies and Theories 

She was born in Turkey in 1980. She holds an, BA (2002), MA (2004) and a Ph.D. (2011) in International Relations from Istanbul University. She is a faculty member at the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations, Faculty of Political Sciences, Istanbul University.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Özgün Erler Bayır is an expert on foreign policy, diplomacy, security studies and as an area Eastern European politics and societies. Her Ph.D. thesis titled “Dilemma between Atlanticism and Europeanization in Poland’s Foreign Policy”. She has been Turkey coordinator of an international project named “Poland and Turkey in Europe: Common Targets Different Experiences” sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. She also coordinated three local projects sponsored by Scientific Research Projects of Istanbul University.

She has published articles on several international relations issues in journals such as “Polish Quarterly of International Affairs” and “International Journal of Turcology. She has written a book on “Poland’s Foreign Policy” in Turkish language and has been an editor of a book titled; “Foreign Policy: A Comparative Analysis”. In addition, she was a publication coordinator of the edited book on “Turkish Foreign Policy Analyses in 21st Century”. She participated in many international conferences such as CEEISA, WISC, and IBAC, etc. She has written several books chapters both in Turkish and in English. Some of them are: “Quincy Wright”, in Theories of War, “Eastward Enlargement and the New Vision of NATO: Positions of Russia, Poland and Turkey”, in: Poland and Turkey in Europe, “Theoretical Debates on Security After the Cold War”, in: Theoretical Debates in International Relations, “From Neorealist School to Neoclassical Realist School in International Relations” in Contemporary Approaches from Theory to Practice in International Relations… Some of the articles she published in journals are: “Challenges for EU in the Middle East: Use of Soft Power”, Studia Europejskie, No: 2 (78) 2016, pp.9-19; “The Perception of Russia in Poland and Turkey: A Comparative Analysis”, The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, 2015, Vol:24, No: 1, pp: 113-121; “Cyprus Issue In Turkish-Russian Relations", International Journal of Turcologia, Spring 2014, Vol.9, No.17, pp: 89-101; “International Regimes Regarding the Environmental Issues”, Istanbul University Journal of Faculty of Political Sciences, Oct. 2012, No:47, pp.247-289.


Besides, she was a co-director of an ECPR Workshop (43rd Joint Sessions of Workshops in 2015 took place in The University of Warsaw. The 11th Workshop was on “Political Systems in Central and Eastern Europe and Southern Europe – Comparative Studies”. During her Ph.D. research, she was in Warsaw University one year long as a visiting scholar and she learned Polish language in POLONICUM at Warsaw University. She can speak English, German and Polish. She had also short study visits to Oxford University, UK; Central European University, Hungary; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswertige Politics; Germany; Freiburg University and Hidelberg University; Germany.

Her native language is Turkish. She was Faculty Erasmus Coordinator from 2008 to 2015. She was the vice head of Department of Political Sciences and International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Istanbul University between 2018-2020.

In addition, she teaches several undergraduate and postgraduate courses; some of them are on Turkish Foreign Policy, Introduction to IR, Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis, Foreign Policy Analysis, Turkey and EU Relations, Security Studies, Polish Foreign Policy etc. Besides, she is supervisor of distinguished MA and Ph.D. theses completed in Political Science and International Relations. She is in Editorial Board of Stosunki Miedzynarodowe, International Relations Journal at Warsaw University. Currently she is a research scholar at the Istanbul Institute for Competitiveness (

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