Gencer Özcan – Turkey, the Kurds, and the Crisis in Syria: The Hunted Hunter


Graduated from Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences and received his Ph.D. from Bosphorus University. Özcan worked in Marmara University (1983-1999) and Yıldız Technical (1999-2009). He currently works in the Department of International Relations of Istanbul Bilgi University. His research interests are diplomatic history, Turkey’s foreign policy making process, the military’s role in forging Turkey’s foreign policy decisions, Turkey’s policy towards the Middle East, and Turkish-Israeli bilateral

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His recent publications include “Facing Its Waterloo in Diplomacy: Turkey’s Military in Foreig n Policy–Making Process”, New Perspectives on Turkey, No. 40 (Spring 2009) 83-102; “Der deustche Einfluss auf die türkische Armee,” Bernhard Chiari ve Gerhard P. Gross, eds., Am Rande Europas? Der Balkan -Raum und Bevölkerung als Wirkungsfelder militarischer Gewalt, Münih: R. Oldenbourg, 2009, 241-258; “Türkiye’de Milli Güvenlik Kavramının Gelişimi”, [Development of National Security Concept in Turkey], in Evren Balta Paker ve İsmet Akça, (eds.) Türkiye’de Ordu, Devlet ve Güvenlik Siyaseti, İstanbul: İstanbul Bilgi University Press, 2010, 307-349; with Soli Özel, “Do New Democracies Support Democracy? Turkey’s Dilemmas”, Journal of Democracy, 22: 4 (October 2011), 124-138; “Turkish Israeli Relations in Crisis: Living with the Gordian Knot”, Hellenic Studies, 20/1 (Spring, 2012); and “2000’lerde Türk Dış Politikası Oluşum Süreci”, [Foreign Policy Making Process in Turkey in 2000s] in Faruk Sönmezoğlu, Nurcan Özgür Baklacıoğlu ve Özlem Terzi (eds.), Türk Dış Politikasının Analizi, İstanbul: Der, 2012.