Ahmet Kasım Han – Gezi and Beyond: Turkish Tug of War


Dr. Ahmet K. Han is with the faculty of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. His research interests are strategic thinking, negotiations and foreign policy analysis. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Han holds a B.A. in economics and international relations, an MA on political history and a Ph. D. on international relations from the Istanbul University and has studied negotiations in Harvard.

He has been awarded a “Young Leaders of Europe” grant on U.S. Foreign policy by the Department of State of the U.S.A. and has been an observer for NATO on the state of the NATO/ ISAF Operation in Afghanistan twice, in 2005 and 2011. He has published extensively on Afghanistan, geostrategy of energy politics, US Foreign Policy and Turkish foreign policy.

His publications include , Turkey’s Energy Strategy And The Middle East: Between A Rock And A Hard Place”, Turkish Studies, 2011; “A Framework for Understanding the Changing Turkish Foreign Policy of the 2000s” (with Özlem Tür) inTurkey in the 21st Century: Quest for a New Foreign Policy, Ashgate (ed. Özden Zeynep Oktav); “Turkey’s Entry Bid Will Oblige the EU to Define its Own Identity“, European Affairs, 2004; “The War in Iraq; Is Oil the Name of the Game?” in New Directions in US Foreign Policy and the World (ed. Toktamış Ateş), 2004, (in Turkish), “From “Strategic Partnership” to “Model Partnership”: AKP, Turkish-US Relation and the Prospects under Obama”, UNISCI Discussion Papers, 2010, “The Soviet Invasion and Enduring Freedom: A Comparative Geopolitical Analysis of Superpower Interventions in Afghanistan and Their Impact on the International System”, (in Turkish), Ortadoğu Etütleri, 2011, “What Does It Mean For Turkey to Have A Nuclear Iran As Her Neighbor”, (in Turkish), New Perspectives Quarterly, 2011.

Dr. Han has worked as a columnist in Turkish dailies Radikal and Referans. He is also the chief editorial advisor of the Turkish edition of the New Perspectives Quarterly. Dr. Han has extensive experience as an adviser and consultant to private sector in the field of strategic business development and negotiations. He has also served as the International Relations Advisor for Turkish Exporters Assembly, the umbrella organization of Turkey’s exporting industries between 2003 – 2006. He has lectured for and held academic posts in Istanbul University, Bilgi University, İstanbul Commerce University, Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) War Academy (Staff College) and Air Force War College. From 2005 to 2008 Dr. Han was responsible for structuring and teaching of the “International Negotiation Strategies” course module for TAF, a must course for all senior officers assigned to international military postings including NATO. He has also served as a visiting scholar in University of St. Andrews’s Center for Syrian Studies in Scotland in 2011.