Theory and Politics in IR

About the lab

Our research team will collobarete to produce scientific studies in the field of theories of IR and Turkey's foreign policies

Featured projects (1)

Projected book will discuss the contemporary critical debates and new approaches in the field of the theories of international relations with a group of distinguished researchers who have been studying in this field and have publications. The book will likely be published in 2022 by a well-known publishing house.

Featured research (18)

After analyzing Turkey’s foreign policy, which was swung from multilateral Westernism to Eurosianism and/or anti-Westernism in the three periods of JDP, this study will conclude by questioning the post-2020 period and foreign policy. It will analyze and answer how Erdoğan administration could recalibrate the foreign policy that locked the EU process and the relations with the United States, which is hosting Fethullah Gulen, and supporting PYD and imposing sanctions on Turkey. Consequently, the vision of Turkish foreign policy will be set forth within the context of disengagement from or re-engagement to the West.
This book provides analyses with respect to a wide range of contemporary issues, from China to Eurasia, including Turkey's foreign policy, conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean, Caucasia, Central Asia, Russia, EU, migration, Middle Eastern issues, current conflicts and influences over global competition, energy security and the future of struggles on energy resources, the structure of intra-state conflicts and foreign terrorist fighters. In the study, many interesting questions, such as whether China will turn to a maritime great power in the Pacific Sea, possible impacts of China's BRI project on global politics, the future of the new great game in China's westward politics, and possible effects of North-South corridor on regional power struggle are also examined.
This study analyzes Turkey’s Middle East policy and the relations with regional countries under the influence of internal and external factors. In this context, it shows that systemic effects are prominent in some periods, while internal structure and leadership are more determinative in some other periods. It will examine each country’s different priorities and their impact on Turkey’s foreign relations with them. However, the Palestinian issue in Turkey’s Middle East policy has been the most constant factor particularly in relations with the Levant countries (Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel) and Saudi Arabia.
This book focuses on understanding Turkey’s foreign policy during the period of the JDP (Justice and Development Party) and Erdoğan. The authors contributing to the book analyze Turkey’s relations with different regions and countries and its policies regarding different issues. The key factor in writing the book is to answer the question “where is Turkey going?”. In this context, understanding the cultural, geopolitical, economic, and ideological factors shaping Turkey’s foreign policy from the past to the present will contribute to answering that question and eliminating the uncertainties about Turkey’s direction
This study aims to discuss climate migration as a relatively new global issue with various dimensions and to widen the current perspective within global politics to be more inclusive and ecocentric. This study argues that traditional international relations theories and practices are ineffective in discussing and analyzing climate migration as a new global security problem. After a discussion of the conceptual problems, the traditional paradigms of international relations, their policy implications, and the traditional actors will be identified as the primary sources of these problems. Finally, we will conclude that the application of an ecocentric perspective, with holistic characteristics, will provide a better understanding of the current problems.

Lab head

Tayyar Arı
  • Department of International Relations
About Tayyar Arı
  • Tayyar Ari currently works in the Department of International Relations, Uludag University. His current project is Critical Theories of International Relations: Contemporary debates and approaches

Members (20)

Sabri Ciftci
  • Kansas State University
Elif Toprak
  • Anadolu University
Samet Yılmaz
  • Uludag University
Zerrin Ayse Ozturk
  • Ege University
Muzaffer Ercan Yılmaz
  • Uludag University
Göktürk Tüysüzoğlu
  • Giresun University
Engin Koç
  • Bursa Teknik Üniversitesi
Çiğdem Aydın Koyuncu
  • Uludag University