Date: Jan 29, 2016

The discussion will be led by:

Alper Y. Dede

Dr. Alper Y. Dede received his MA degree from Fatih University, (Istanbul, Turkey). Upon completion of his M.A. thesis on democratization and civil society in Turkey, he enrolled into the Ph.D. program in comparative politics at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, US. As a comparative political scientist, he tried to analyze how Islamists of Egypt and Turkey related to their governments under state control over religion. The title of his successful dissertation was “Islamism, State Control over Religion and Social Identity: Turkey and Egypt” Dr. Dede has worked in several academic institutions in the US until 2010, and since then he currently works as an assistant professor in Zirve University (Gaziantep, Turkey) at the department of Political Science and Public Administration. His research interests include social movements in the Middle East, Islamism, and Turkish Foreign Policy on the Middle East. Dr. Dede’s journal articles, articles in edited volumes and book chapters had been printed internationally.

Andreas Kotelis 

Andreas Kotelis holds a PhD from the department of Political Science at Bilkent University, Turkey. His main research interest include Greek-Turkish relations, Turkish politics, conflict resolution, and track-II diplomacy. His dissertation focuses on relations between Turkey and Greece, and particularly on the successful and failed rapprochement cases that took place between 1930 and 1999 between these two states. As of September 2013 he is an assistant professor at the department of International Relations, Zirve University, Gaziantep, Turkey.

Oguz Dilek

Associate Professor Dr. Oğuz Dilek has been a member of the Department of International Relations at Zirve University since 2011. He gained an undergraduate degree, in 2003, from the Faculty of Political Science at University of Ankara. He was qualified for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) by University of Keele, in England, in 2008, with his dissertation titled “The Political Economy of post-Cold War US Global Strategy in the ‘Greater’ Middle East.” Dr. Dilek started to teach in the department of International Relations at University of Çağ following the end of his military service, in 2010. Among the courses he has thus far thought, Comparative Politics, Introduction to Political Science, International Security, Turkish Foreign Policy and International Political Economy. His main areas of interest cover, International Political Economy, State Theories and International Relations and Critical Geopolitics

Prof Dr Anwar Alam

Anwar Alam is currently full Professor at Department of International Relations, Zirve University, Gaziantep, Turkey. Prior to this he served as Professor and Director at the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and Associate Professor School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He has been awarded a number of long term and short term fellowship including International Visitor Programme (Islamic) Scholarship, USA, (2002), Indo-French Social Scientist Exchange Programme Fellowship (2003, 2010) and Alexandor Von Humboldt Post Doctoral Fellowship, Germany (2004-2006). He was Visiting Professor at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey (September 2010 –August 2011).

Among His publications include Arab Spring: Reflections on Political Changes in the Arab World and its Future (ed.2014), India, Global Power and West Asia (ed 2011) and India and Iran: An Assessment of Contemporary Relations(2011). India and West Asia in the Era of Globalisation (ed, 2008) and Iran and Post 9/11 World Order (ed,2009), Contemporary West Asia ( ed 2010), Religion and State: A Comparative Study of Contemporary Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia (1998), Besides, he has contributed several articles in national and international referred journals and chapters in edited books. His recent articles includes, ‘Emergence of Muslim Middle Class in Post-Independence India and Its Political Orientations’, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol, 35, number 1, 2015,( Routledge: London) pp, 1-18,  The Arab Spring: A View From India’ in Larbi Sadiki ed. Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratisation  (Routledge, London, 2014), pp 636-649, and ‘Islam and Violence’, GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies. Vol 3. No 1, 2014. His area of research interests includes International Politics, Political Theory, Religion and Politics, Political Islam, Globalisation and Muslim Society.