Dr. Bulent Aras



Dr. Bulent Aras is a senior scholar and the coordinator of the Conflict Resolution and Mediation stream at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University and a visiting professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Aras has published extensively on foreign policy, state, social movements, and Islam in Turkey, the Middle East, and Eurasia. He was head of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Center for Strategic Research (SAM) from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Aras has also taught in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University and in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University. In 2010, he was senior visiting professor of Turkish Studies at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford. Dr. Aras was a research scholar at the Paris-based European Union Institute of Security Studies in the summer of 2004, at Oxford University’s St. Anthony’s College in 2003, and at Indiana University’s Center for Eurasian Studies in 1998.