Writer. Historian. Commentator.
I studied political science and history at Bilkent University and obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where I specialized in the history of U.S. foreign relations and the modern Middle East. I am in the process of revising the manuscript for my first book, based on my doctoral dissertation, which is a study of U.S. relations with Turkey and Iran and anti- Americanism in the two countries from 1945 to the present.
I currently work as a university professor and administrator in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Along with my duties in administration, teaching, and research in academia, I continue my work as an independent analyst, consultant, and commentator, building on more than 20 years of professional experience contributing to discussions on international political economy, U.S. foreign relations, and Middle East affairs.
As a consultant, I have conducted research and prepared reports for clients on a broad range of topics: Commercial and economic relations between the United States and Turkey; feasibility and political-social risk studies for international investors interested in the energy and mining sectors in the Middle East; and the trajectory of Turkish foreign policy in the wake of the coup attempt of 15 July 2016.
Aside from my native Turkey and the United States, I have lived, worked, or studied in half a dozen other countries.
The opinions that I express on this page, news outlets, and social media are personal—they are not shared by my employers, business partners, and family relatives.