Bülent Aras

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Senior Scholar & Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator
B.A., Boğaziçi University, 1994
M.A., Boğaziçi University, 1996
Ph.D., Boğaziçi University, 1999
Areas of Interest
Turkish Foreign Policy, International Relations, Middle East, Central Asia/Caucasus, Conflict Resolution, Terrorism and Political Violence
Associate Member, TÜBA, 2013-2015
  • Article
    Aras, Bülent and Yorulmazlar, Emirhan (2017) "Mideast geopolitics: the struggle for a new order", Middle East Policy, Vol.24, No.2, 57-69 (SSCI)
    Aras, Bülent and Falk, Richard (2016) "Five years after the Arab Spring: a critical evaluation", Third World Quarterly, Vol.37, No.12, 2252-2258 (SSCI)
    Aras, Bülent and Yorulmazlar, Emirhan (2016) "State, region and order: geopolitics of the Arab Spring", Third World Quarterly, Vol.37, No.12, 2259-2273 (SSCI)
    Aras, Bülent and Keyman, Fuat (2015) "Turkey after elections: Iranian nuclear deal, Kurdish peace process and the fight against DAESH", Wilson Center
    Aras, Bülent (2015) "Reform and capacity building in the Turkish foreign ministry: bridging the gap between ideas and institutions", Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol.17, No.3, 269-285 (SSCI)
    Pala, Özgür and Aras, Bülent (2015) "Practical geopolitical reasoning in the Turkish and Qatari foreign policy on the Arab Spring", Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol.17, No.3, 286-302 (SSCI)
    Aras, Bülent and Akpınar, Pınar (2015) "The role of humanitarian NGOs in Turkey's peacebuilding", International Peacekeeping, Vol.22, No.3, 230-247 (SCI)
    Aras, Bülent and Falk, Richard (2015) "Authoritarian 'geopolitics' of survival in the Arab Spring", Third World Quarterly, Vol.36, No.2, 322-336 (SSCI)
    Aras, Bülent and Yorulmazlar, Emirhan (2014) "Turkey and Iran after the Arab Spring: finding a middle ground", Middle East Policy, Vol.21, No.4, 112-120 (SSCI)
    Aras, Bülent (2014) "Arap Baharı'nın jeopolitiği (Geopolitics of Arab Spring)", Ortadoğu Analiz, Vol.6, No.64, 40-42
    Aras, Bülent (2014) "Davutoğlu era in Turkish foreign policy revisited", Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol.16, No.4, 404-418 (SSCI)
    Aras, Bülent (2014) "Arap otoriterliğinin dönüşümü (Transformation of Arab authoritarianism)", Ortadoğu Analiz, Vol.6, No.63, 32-35
  • Book
    "Turkey, the Arab Spring and beyond, Aras, Bülent and Keyman, Fuat (eds.), London: Routledge, September 2016
  • Book Section / Chapter
    Aras, Bülent, "Turkey's policy toward the South Caucasus: expectations, failures and achievements", The New Geopolitics of the South Caucasus: Prospects for Regional Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Hunter, Shireen T. (ed.), Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, September 2017, 175-195
  • Volumes Edited / Special Issues
    Aras, Bülent and Keyman, Fuat, Turkey, the Arab Spring and beyond introduction to the special issue, Taylor & Francis, July 2015
  • Working Paper / Technical Report
    Aras, Bülent, "The people who stood straight", July 2016
    Aras, Bülent and Ekim, Sinan, "Malaysia and the Arab spring", July 2015
    Aras, Bülent and Ekim, Sinan, "Indonesia and the Arab spring", May 2015
    Aras, Bülent and Demirağ, Elif Gizem and Sachter, Mona, "India's dilemma in the Arab spring", January 2015
    Aras, Bülent, "Turkish-Azerbaijani energy relations", April 2014
  • Before SU Publications
    1.  “Turkey Faces the Arab Spring: A Turkish View,” International Journal, 67 (1), 2012: 39-51. (with Sevgi Akarçeşme)
    2. “The Role of Think Tanks in the Making of National Security Culture in Turkey,” Bilig, (61), 2012: 245-264. (with Şule Toktaş)
    3. “National Role Conceptions and Foreign Policy Orientation: The Ideational Bases of the Justice and Development Party's Foreign Policy Activism in the Middle East,” Journal of Balkans and Near East Studies, 12 (1), 2010: 73-92. (with Aylin Gorener).
    4.  “The Return of Russian-African Relations,” Bilig, 52, Winter 2010: 47-68.  (with Hakan Fidan).
    5.  “The EU and Minority Rights in Turkey,” Political Science Quarterly, 124 (4):  2009/10: 697-720. (with Sule Toktas).
    6. “Azerbaijan’s Far Eastern Orientation and South Korea,” Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, 21 (3), 2009: 329-343. (with Reha Yılmaz).
    7. “Turkey and Eurasia: Frontiers of a New Geographic Imagination,” New Perspectives on Turkey, (40): 2009, 195-217. (with Hakan Fidan).
    8. “Turkey’s Rise in the Greater Middle East: Peace-Building in the Periphery” Journal of Balkans and Near East Studies, 11 (1), Winter 2009: 29-41.
    9.  “From Conflict to Cooperation: De-securitization of Turkey’s Relations with Syria and Iran,” Security Dialogue, 39 (5): Fall 2008: 475-495: (with Rabia Karakaya Polat).
    10. “Afghanistan’s Security: Political Process, State-Building and Narcotics,” Middle East Policy, 15 (2): Summer 2008: 39-52 (with Sule Toktas).
    11. “The Limits of the Russian-Iranian Strategic Alliance: its History and Geopolitics, and the Nuclear Issue,” Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, 20 (1): Winter 2008: 47-62. (with Fatih Ozbay).
    12. “Polish-Russian Relations: History, Geography and Geopolitics,” East European Quarterly, 42 (1): March 2008: 27-42. (with Fatih Ozbay).
    13. "Turkey and the Middle East: Frontiers of the New Geographic Imagination," Australian Journal of International Affairs, 61 (4), December 2007: 471-488. (with Rabia Karakaya Polat)
    14. “Al-Qaida, War on Terror and Turkey,” Third World Quarterly, 28 (5), June 2007: 1033-1050. (with Sule Toktas).
    15. “Dances with Wolves: Russia and Iranian Nuclear Issue,” Middle East Policy, 13 (4), Winter 2006: 132-147. (with Fatih Ozbay)
    16. “Turkey, EU and the Middle East: Is Harmonization Possible” East European Quarterly, 40 (3), September 2006: 367-381 (with Salih Bicakci).
    17. “Turkey and Gulf Cooperation Council,” Middle East Policy, 12 (4), Winter 2005: 89-97.
    18. “Future of Liberal Islam,” Futures, 36 (9), Fall 2004: 1034-37.
    19. “The Mystery of Turkish Hizballah,” Middle East Policy, 9 (2), 2002: 147-161 (with Gokhan Bacik)
    20. “Exile: A Keyword to Understand Turkish Politics,” Muslim World, 92 (3), Fall 2002: 387-406. (with Gokhan Bacik).
    21. “Turkish-Israeli-Iranian Relations in the 1990s and Their Impact on the Middle East,” Middle East Policy, 7 (3), 2000: 151-165.
    22. “Post-Cold War Realities: Israel’s Strategy in Azerbaijan and Central Asia,” Middle East Policy, 5(1), 1998: 68-82
    23. "Islamist Impasse by Ibrahim Karawan" Middle East Policy, 5(2), 1998: 78-79. (Book review)