Sinem Akgul Acikmese

Sinem Akgul Acikmese

Visiting Scholar
Professor of International Relations, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey


Sinem Akgul Acikmese is a Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul/Turkey. She worked as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at TOBB-University of Economics and Technology between 2009-2011, as a research associate in EU Affairs at Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey between 2008-2009, and a research assistant at the EU Department at Ankara University between 1999-2008. She joined Kadir Has University in 2011 where she was promoted as an Associate Professor in 2011, and as a full-Professor in January 2017.

She holds a BA in International Relations as well as an MA in European Studies-International Relations from Ankara University. She studied at the European Institute of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for her MSc degree in European Studies. She has completed her PhD in European Studies-International Relations at Ankara University with her thesis titled “Actor, Threat and Policy in Realist Security Studies and Copenhagen School: A Comparative Assessment on European Security.” She was a Jean Monnet fellow at LSE (2001-02), a Turkish Academy of Sciences Fellow (2002-2008), visiting PhD student at LSE (2005-2006), visiting scholar to IGCC-UCSD as a US Department of State Fellow (2007), Sasakawa Young Leaders fellow (2005-2007), and a Black Sea Young Reformers fellow (2010-2011). 

She has published extensively on Security Studies, European security, EU foreign and neighborhood policy, European integration and enlargement as well as Turkey-EU relations. She is the co-author of the book NATO-EU Relations: Dynamics of Cooperation and Conflict (İstanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2013), co-editor of the book The European Union and the Black Sea: The State of Play (Routledge: 2015), co-editor of the book Turkey–EU Relations after half a Century (Ankara: Turhan Publishing, 2013). She is currently the associate editor of European Review of International Studies and was an associate editor of the Uluslararası İlişkiler Journal (SSCI-indexed) between 2009-2013. She has conducted and took part in several international research and exchange projects; including the Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship supported by Black Sea Trust and Robert Bosch Stiftung (2012-2013); European Union-FP7 Marie-Curie Action (PIRSES-GA-2012-318876) titled Inter-Continental Exchange of Leadership in Conflict Transformation (2012-2016); the European Union-Jean Monnet Module on the EU and Security in the Wider Neighbourhood (2015-2018) and the European Union Erasmus + Strategic Partnerships project on "BUILDPEACE: Building peacebuilders through integrated formal and non-formal learning approaches". She has also been working as the Secretary General of International Relations Council of Turkey since 2010. 


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