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Meltem Müftüler-Baç
Meltem Müftüler-Baç
Senior Scholar

Meltem Müftüler-Baç is a Senior Scholar at Istanbul Policy Center, Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. Before joining Sabancı University in February 2002, she was a Visiting Professor and Fulbright Fellow at the University of Chicago from 1999 to 2000. She taught at Bilkent University from 1992 to February 2002 as Assistant and Associate Professor. She served Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Bilkent University between 2000 and 2002. She became an assistant professor in 1992, associate professor in 1996 and professor in 2005. She worked previously at Temple University (USA), Bilkent University (Turkey), and was a Visiting professor at the University of Chicago, and an Affiliate Professor at University of Stockholm (2013-2016), a Visiting Scholar and Affiliate Faculty at the Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania (2019-2020).

Professor Müftüler-Baç coordinated the Social and Political Studies undergraduate program from 2002 to 2011, established the master’s program in European Studies in 2004, and coordinated it until 2014, and established and coordinated the BA program in International Studies from 2011 to 2014.

Prof. Müftüler-Baç has authored multiple books on Turkey and the European Union, Turkey's Relations with a Changing Europe published by the Manchester University Press in 1997, Divergent Pathways: Turkey and the European Union published by Barbara Budrich in 2016, and co-edited Turkey and the European Union Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities, and Constraints, with Yannis Stivachtis, Lexington books in 2008, and Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations with Jan Wouters and Kolja Raube, in 2019.  Her publications appeared in Journal of European Public Policy, Middle Eastern Studies, East European Quarterly, Journal of European Integration, South East European Politics and Society, Security Dialogue, International Studies Perspectives, Turkish Studies, Women’s Studies International Forum, West European Politics, International Journal, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Language and Politics, Asia-Europe Journal, Journal of Contemporary European Studies. She participated in the F6 project ‘Reconstituting Democracy in Europe’ from 2006 to 2012, in LISBON from 2011 to 2013, FP7 project ‘TRANSWORLD’ for 2012-2015, and FP7 project ‘MAXCAP’ for 2013-2016.  She is participating currently in two H2020 projects; InDivEU-Integrating Diversity in the EU 2019-2022, and MAGYC- Migration and Asylum Governance 2018-2022.  In 2011, she received a grant for a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence from the European Commission. Her work is widely cited in Turkey-European Union relations, on EU enlargement, Turkish foreign policy, and Turkish politics.

Prof. Müftüler-Baç holds two prestigious awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences: Young Social Scientist Investigator Award in 2002 and Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2003. She was awarded the Jean Monnet Professor ad personam title from the European Commission in 2004.

She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Temple University, USA in 1992. She worked previously at Temple University (USA), Bilkent University (Turkey), and was a Visiting professor at the University of Chicago, and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Stockholm.

The Revitalization of the Turkish-European Union Relations: Old Wine in New Bottles?

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç’s policy brief “The Revitalization of the Turkish-European Union Relations: Old Wine in New Bottles?” was published in December 2015.

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Turkey's 2015 Elections: A New Beginning for Turkey's European Union Accession Goal, or the End of a Dream?

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç's commentary "Turkey's 2015 Elections: A New Beginning for Turkey’s European Union Accession Goal, or the End of a Dream?" was published in Global Turkey in Europe in July 2015.

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Global Turkey in Europe III: Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU Relations

(July 2014-May 2015)

Global Turkey in Europe's third volume sheds light on four key areas in EU-Turkey relations: foreign relations, democracy, the Kurdish question, and economic and trade issues. Building on its two preceding collective volumes, Global Turkey in Europe III intends to contribute to a comprehensive discussion on shaping a common Turkish-European future with an eye to key domestic, regional, and global challenges and opportunities facing both the EU and Turkey.

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Turkish Foreign Policy in Turbulent Times

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç's article "Turkish Foreign Policy in Turbulent Times" was published in E-International Relations on January 25, 2015.

Turkey's Unconsolidated Democracy: The Nexus between Democratisation and Majoritarianism in Turkey

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Director Fuat Keyman’s policy brief “Turkey’s Unconsolidated Democracy: The Nexus between Democratisation and Majoritarianism in Turkey” was published in Global Turkey in Europe in January 2015.

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Simulation Games in Teaching International Relations: Insights from a Multi-Day, Multi-Stage, Multi-Issue Simulation on Cyprus

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Emre Hatipoğlu and Teri Murphy's article "Simulation Games in Teaching International Relations: Insights from a Multi-Day, Multi-Stage, Multi-Issue Simulation on Cyprus" was published in International Studies Perspectives on November 14, 2014.

Who Wants to Travel to Europe? The Schengen Wall for Turkish Nationals

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç’s policy brief “Who Wants to Travel to Europe? The Schengen Wall for Turkish Nationals” was published in May 2014.

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The European Union in Crisis

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç's policy brief "The European Union in Crisis" was published in January 2013.

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The Era of Dominant Party Politics

Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler Baç's article "The Era of Dominant Party Politics" was published in  Journal of Democracy in January 2012.

The Accession Games: A Comparison of Three Limited-Information Negotiation Designs

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Arzu Kıbrıs's article "The Accession Games: A Comparison of Three Limited-Information Negotiation Designs" was published in International Studies Perspectives in November 2011.

The Adultery and Headscarf Debates in Turkey: Fusing “EU-niversal” and “Alternative” Modernities?

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Nora Fisher Onar's article "The Adultery and Headscarf Debates in Turkey: Fusing “EU-niversal” and “Alternative” Modernities?" was published in Women's Studies International Forum in September 2011.

Turkish Foreign Policy, its Domestic Determinants and the Role of the European Union

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç's article "Turkish Foreign Policy, its Domestic Determinants and the Role of the European Union" was published in South European Society and Politics in June 2011.

The Future of Energy Security for Europe: Turkey's Role as an Energy Corridor

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Deniz Başkan's article "The Future of Energy Security for Europe: Turkey’s Role as an Energy Corridor" was published in Middle Eastern Studies in March 2011.

Turkey in Cosmopolis? Turkish Elite Perceptions of the European Project

Magdalena Góra and Zdzisław Mach's report Collective Identity and Democracy The Impact of EU Enlargement  was published in October 2010 in Arena. The report featured a chapter by Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Nora Fisher Onar, titled "Turkey in Cosmopolis? Turkish Elite Perceptions of the European Project".

Avrupa Birliği Genişleme Süreci: Türkiye-AB İlişkilerine Kuramsal Bir Yaklaşım

Oğuz Esen and Filiz Başkan's book Avrupa Birliği ve Türkiye İlişkileri: Beklentiler ve Kaygılar was published in 2009 with Eflatun Yayınları. The book featured a chapter by Senior Scholar Meltem-Müftüler-Baç, titled "Avrupa Birliği Genişleme Süreci: Türkiye-AB İlişkilerine Kuramsal Bir Yaklaşım".

The European Union's Legitimacy Crisis and the Final Frontiers of Europe

Julio Baquero Cruz and Carlos Closa Montero's book European Integration from Rome to Berlin, 1957-2007: History, Law and Politics was published in 2009 with Peter Lang. The book featured a chapter by Meltem Müftüler-Baç, titiled "The European Union’s Legitimacy Crisis and the Final Frontiers of Europe".

The European Union's Accession Negotiations with Turkey From a Foreign Policy Perspective

Erik Jones and Saskia van Genugten's book The Future of European Foreign Policy was published in 2009 with Routledge. The book featured a chapter by Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç, titled "The European Union’s Accession Negotiations with Turkey From a Foreign Policy Perspective".

Turkey-European Union Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities, and Constraints

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Yannis A. Stivachtis's book Turkey-European Union Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities, and Constraints was published in 2008 with Lexington Books.

Türkiye ve AB: Soğuk Savaş Sonrası İlişkiler

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç's book Türkiye ve AB: Soğuk Savaş Sonrası İlişkiler was published in September 2001 with Alfa Yayıncılık.

Turkey's Relations with a Changing Europe

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç's book Turkey’s Relations with a Changing Europe was published in 1997 with Manchester University Press.

Beyond Chapters - The Future of Turkey in Europe

The panel discussed the ways to overcome the current stalemate in Turkey-EU relations and explore ways to tackle these challenges within and beyond Turkey’s accession to the Union. The event was organized within the framework of Hannes Swoboda’s Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowship. 

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 19 at The Seed. The event began with welcoming remarks by Yusuf Leblebici, followed by remarks from Fuat Keyman and Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit. The speech was followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding, and Özge Geyik. 

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Please click here to watch the speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Fellow Senem Aydın-Düzgit.

Track II Diplomacy Working Group III

The final meeting of the Track II diplomacy working group, under the scope of the project “Revitalizing Turkey-EU/Germany Relations,” funded by the IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, took place on December 14, 2018, in the European Parliament, Brussels. The meeting was held with the participation of Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, and Sabancı University Faculty Member Meltem Müftüler-Baç.

Beyond Chapters: The Future of Turkey in Europe

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies and the European Union and Global Research Association convened an expert roundtable titled “Beyond Chapters: The Future of Turkey in Europe” on November 18, 2014 at TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara. The event took place within the framework of Hannes Swoboda’s Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowship. The expert roundtable, which was chaired by President of Middle East Strategic Research Center (ORSAM) Şaban Kardaş, hosted Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry for European Union Affairs of Turkey Burak Erdenir, President of the European Stability Initiative, and Deputy Director of the Ifo Center for International Economics Erdal Yalçın as speakers and Director of Istanbul Policy Center Fuat Keyman as a discussant.

The 8th Sakıp Sabancı Lecture

On May 2, 2012, Istanbul Policy Center and the Brookings Institution co-organized the Eighth Annual Sakıp Sabancı Lecture, which featured a keynote speech by Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and co-chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Advisory Board. Entitled “The West and Turkey: Their Role in Shaping Wider Global Architecture,” Brzezinski’s lecture delved into the recent developments in the region vis-à-vis the Arab Spring and its implications for Turkey and its Transatlantic relations. The Sabancı University students joined in the conference from Istanbul via video link. Moderated by Meltem Müftüler-Baç, IPC Senior Scholar and Sabancı University Professor, the thought-provoking questions by the students kindled a lively debate among participants in Washington and Istanbul.

IPC-Sabancı University Conflict Resolution Simulation

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), in conjunction with Sabancı University, organized a simulation of the Cyprus negotiations by Sabancı University students on February 25, 2012 at the Marmara Hotel in Taksim. The simulation was the last session of the Istanbul Conference on Mediation entitled “Enhancing Peace through Mediation New Actors, Fresh Approaches, Bold Initiatives,” a two-day conference hosted by the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The summit began on the previous day and was attended by approximately 250 foreign ministers, local and foreign experts, academics, civil society representatives, and UN officials. During the conference, a wide range of issues on different aspects of mediation were discussed in a broad framework, including the future of Istanbul as an international mediation hub.

The simulation, prepared by Sabancı University Professor and IPC Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Sabancı University Professors Teri Murphy and Emre Hatipoğlu, was carried out by 34 students from Sabancı University’s European Studies (MA), Social and Political Sciences (BA), Political Science (MA, PhD) and Conflict Analysis and Resolution(MA) programs. The purpose of the simulation was to have the students develop a deeper understanding of confidence building measures and the interworking of the mediation process as a whole. To accomplish this, traditional top-down approaches to mediation were supplanted with cross-stitching, a mediation tool designed for confidence building between parties by encouraging representatives from different segments of society to share their perspectives and their view of human security and needs with various segments from all parties. The students were divided into three teams representing the international community, Turkish Cypriots, and Greek Cypriots, with each team having two facilitators. After days of preparation, it was conducted in two separate phases: the first, a five hour session was held at the IPC headquarters in Karaköy; and the second, a one hour session took place at the Marmara Hotel.

Faraway, So Close? Reaching Beyond the Pro/Contra Controversy on Turkey's EU Accession

The workshop titled “Faraway, So Close? Reaching beyond the Pro/Contra Controversy on Turkey’s EU Accession” was held at IPC in June 2-4, 2011. The two-day workshop co-organized by IPC and Freie Universitat, Berlin, started with an opening reception where Thomas Risse presented his new book: A Community of Europeans: Transnational Identities and the Public Sphere. Among the topics discussed were historical institutionalist and comparative approaches to Europeanization, norm diffusion or normativity and migration as well as the impact of the EU norms on migrant flows.