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GLODEM Center of Koc University


Welcome to the Center for Research on Globalization, Peace, and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). GLODEM is an academic and policy-oriented research center based at Koc University, Istanbul.

The purpose of GLODEM is to analyze dynamics of domestic and international economic and political interactions relevant to its three areas of expertise: globalization and political economy; peace and conflict resolution; and democratic governance. These dynamics include international finance and investment; new and ongoing conflicts; and evolving contexts of governance in established, emerging, and eroding democracies.

GLODEM engages academia, public agencies, private entities, and civil society organizations relevant to its areas of expertise. This engagement enables GLODEM to support meaningful, relevant research and analysis. This engagement also positions GLODEM as a central source of information and recommendations.




  • Glodem’s co-director, Reşat Bayer, was a speaker at the First Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States Conference on Mediation, titled “Surge in Mediation: The Role of the OIC,” in Istanbul on 21 November 2017.  He was invited to speak on the session entitled “Perspectives on the Role of Regional Organizations in Mediation.” The Conference was hosted by Turkey.






Recent Events


Name: Michael Barzelay, London School of Economics

Title: Strengthening Organisations through International Development Cooperation: A Design-Focused Case Study of the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)

Abstract: International development cooperation projects is a form of development assistance.  Their teleology includes strengthening organisations as well as supporting the accomplishment of the recipient-partner’s mission.  Project preparation eventuates not only in a project, but in an organisational union among actors and entities on the donor- and recipient-partner sides.  Donor-partners often face a challenging issue that relates to the thematic issue of sustainability: how to ensure that recipient-partner organisations accomplish their mission, while ensuring that they become stronger as organisations.  The case study not clarifies this issue through case illustration, but also examines a “solution" to it that proved functional and viable during the project operation phase.  Implications for professional practice in preparing and operating international development cooperations projects are explored. 

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Revisiting the developmental state: the ‘Beijing Consensus’ & prospects for democratic development in China and beyond

Ziya Önis, Professor of International Political Economy, Koç University

Whether China liberalises politically, as the original ‘Asian Tigers’ did, or maintains its authoritarian approach is an issue with theoretical and practical implications that resonate well beyond China’s own immediate development challenges

A controversial issue in the longstanding debate on the developmental state concerns the relationship and the possible compatibility of rapid economic and industrial transformation with a democratic form of governance. 

Many scholars contributing to the debate were more concerned about how highly centralised and cohesive states with significant ‘embedded autonomy’ were able to facilitate rapid industrialisation based on...

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