Mustafa Aydın is a Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University (Istanbul), and the President of International Relations Council of Turkey. Previously, he worked at Ankara University (1994-2005) and Economy and Technology University (2005-2009), and was the Rector of Kadir Has University between 2010 and 2018. Professor Aydın was guest researcher and/or lecturer at Michigan (1998), Harvard (2002, Fulbright fellow), and Athens (2003, Onassis Fellow) universities, as well as at Richardson Institute for Peace Studies (1999, UNESCO Fellow), the EU Institute for Security Studies (2003) and the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (2018).

He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Art, Greek-Turkish Forum, Global Relations Forum, European Leadership Network, International Studies Association, Turkish Atlantic Council, and Turkish Political Sciences Association.

He was member of Economy and Foreign Policy Study Group of the President of Turkey (2003-2009), Co-Coordinator of the International Commission on Black Sea (2010); and Director of International Policy Research Institute (2005-2011).

Professor Aydın, who had previously served as an editor for the Turkish Yearbook of International Relations, Review of International Affairs and Ankara Papers, is currently Editor-in-Chief of Uluslararasi Iliskiler (International Relations). His publications include The Levant; Search for a Regional Order (ed., 2019), Eurasia Trilogy (ed. in Turkish, 2008, 2010, 2012), International Security Today; Understanding Change and Debating Security (ed. with K. Ifantis, 2006); Turkish Foreign and Security Policy (2006); Turkish Foreign Policy; Old Problems, New Parameters (2010); and Non-Traditional Security Threats and Regional Cooperation in the Southern Caucasus (2011).

Professor Aydin’s areas of interest include international politics, foreign policy analysis, and security issues related to Eurasia and the Middle East, as well as Turkish foreign and security policies. For full list of Professor Aydin’s publications and various activities, check his web page at

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