Zeynep Alemdar



Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), Foreign Policy Program Director


Zeynep is professor of International Relations and Political Science and Director of the Foreign Policy Programme at the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM).
Her academic research focuses on a wide range of topics. She has worked on gender (and) international security, democratisation, human rights and citizenship issues in Turkey, as well as Turkey-EU relations and Turkish foreign policy. Zeynep has taught international politics in various capacities and was a visiting professor at Portland State University. She worked for 19 years at a foundation university in Istanbul as a department head and dean of the Faculty of Business and Administrative Sciences.
Zeynep founded the Women in Foreign Policy Initiative and is a board member of the European Leadership Network (ELN). In 2014, she was selected as one of the 4 leaders under 40 in the Euro-Atlantic security area and spent her sabbatical at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C.
She received her BA in Economics from Galatasaray University in 2000, her MA in 2001 and her PhD from the University of Kentucky in 2005.

Zeynep will join THE NEW INSTITUTE as Yehudit and Yehuda Elkana Fellow in the fall term of 2024.


Turkey’s Challenges and Transformation: Politics and Society on the Centennial of the Republic, edited with Harun Arıkan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023

Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Turkey and Women in Diplomacy: How to Integrate the WPS Agenda in Turkish Foreign Policy, with Barçin Yinanç , in: Center for Applied Turkey Studies, CATS, 2021

Modeling” for Democracy? Turkey’s Historical Issues with Freedom of Speech, Middle Eastern Studies, 2014.

Privatisation of Security in Turkey: A Case to Rethink about the State, the Concept of Governmentality and Neoliberalism, with Sibel Yardımcı, New Perspectives on Turkey, 2010

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