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Name:  Michael Howlett, Professor of Public Policy,  the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada

Title: Policy Tools & Their Targets: Beyond Nudges and Utility Maximization in Policy Compliance

Date:  May 2 2019 – THURSDAY

Place: CASE 127

Time: 17:00


Studies of policy tools traditionally have focused on the effective use of governing resources to attain policy ends, without devoting a great deal of attention to the behavioural characteristics of the objects of policy interventions. These “policy targets” are often simply assumed to act as hedonic rational utility maximizers susceptible to shifts in apparent gains and losses linked to policy incentives and disincentives. Although this is beginning to change with recent work examining policy ‘nudges’ and the effects of co-production and social marketing efforts which both are based on alternative logics of target behaviour, analysis of policy targets still all too often retains a relatively crude concept of target behaviour. This way of thinking about policy targets has led to many considerations of policy design focusing on the calibrations of policy tools – such as the size of penalties or rewards - rather than upon whether the type or mix of tool(s) matches the nature of compliance and co-operation required or demanded by a design situation. This presentation reviews the literature on the subjects of compliance and policy tools, proposing a new research and practice agenda focused on the idea of “Compliance Regimes” recently put forward by Weaver which helps better match tools and target behaviour.


Michael Howlett  BSocSci.(Hon)(Ott), MA(Br Col), PhD (Queen's) is Burnaby Mountain Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy. He is the author of Canadian Public Policy (2013); Designing Public Policies (2011 and 2019), The Policy Design Primer (2019) and co-author of Policy Consultancy in Comparative Perspective; (2019), Designing for Policy Effectiveness: Defining and Understanding a Concept; (2018); Application of Federal Legislation to Alberta's Mineable Oil Sands (2013), The Public Policy Primer (2010 and 2018), Integrated Policymaking for Sustainable Development (2009), Studying Public Policy (2019, 2009, 2003 & 1995), In Search of Sustainability (2001), The Political Economy of Canada (1999 & 1992) and Canadian Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (1997 & 2005).  He is editor-in-chief of  Policy Sciences, and co-editor of the Policy Design and PracticeJournal of Comparative Policy AnalysisPolicy & Society, the University of Toronto Press Series in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy, the Policy Press International Library of Policy AnalysisCambridge Studies in Comparative Public Policy and Cambridge Elements of Public Policy. He is the founder and past Chair (2010-2018) and current Secretary of Research Committee 30 (Comparative Public Policy) of the International Political Science Association and sits on the Executive Committee of the International Public Policy Association.




Name:  Aynur Seidyusif- Visiting Fellow, Koç University

Title: Opening up the black box: Mediating role of the individual level factors in understanding the onset of armed conflicts

Date:  February 21, 2019 – THURSDAY

Place: CASE 127

Time: 13:00-14:30


Wars and armed conflicts have the history as deep as that of a mankind. Yet, what has changed over time is the potential magnitude of destruction that they can bring as a result of the development in technology. This makes it of utmost importance to better understand the individual level factors that can trigger open conflicts and wars. In this regard, paying a closer attention to individual psychology at the state level is gaining traction amongst scholars. The research in this area is manifold and continues to develop with new methodological advances in social and political sciences. The current lecture aims to contribute to the discussion on armed conflicts by combining the insight from broader IR literature, and leadership analysis which is borrowed from political psychology. It takes a step back from familiar debates on ethnicity, geopolitics, and other structural factors, with the aim of looking into leadership role. The objective is also to elaborate on how individual level factors can be better integrated in structural theories for comprehensive answers to emerge. A specific case study around which the current lecture is organized is the Republic of Georgia.

Bio :

Aynur studied for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Baku, being specialized in European Studies. For both degrees she was awarded Diploma with Honours. In 2008 Aynur was admitted to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She obtained her MSc degree in Politics and Government in the EU from the LSE in 2009. After gaining an invaluable work experience at national institutions and international projects in Azerbaijan, she applied for a PhD degree in the UK. She obtained PhD from the University of Bath in UK where She conducted research on conflicts in the post-Soviet countries, with specific focus on Georgia. After returning back to Azerbaijan She worked at ADA University which is established under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Aynur also worked for national/international organizations and projects that aimed at improvement of policies in Azerbaijan and strengthening the country’s institutions. She was part of the OSCE/ODIHR mission, and worked for the European Union Project at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, and Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies. Aynur taught courses during her PhD study at the University of Bath. She is also an Associate member of the Higher Education Academy, UK.



Name:  Ali Burak Güven- University of London

Title: Rising Powers, International Financial Institutions and Development Paradigms:The Decline of the Post-Washington Consensus

Date:  December 12, 2018 – WEDNESDAY

Place: CASE Z 127

Time: 17:30-18:45




Names:  Ozan Çağlar and Eren Ocakverdi

Title: Recent Developments in Global Financial Markets and Its Implications on Turkey

Date:  December 4, 2018 –TUESDAY

Place: CASE 124

Time: 17:00






Ronald Breiger Seminar


Name:  Ronald Breiger –University of Arizona

Title: Toward Reconciling Big Data with Astute Thinking: Semi-automated Text Analysis of Documents on International Relations

Date:  October 22, 2018 –MONDAY

Place: CASE 127

Time: 17:15-18:30

Abstract: Recent computational advances (such as natural language processing and topic modeling) allow massively huge amounts of text to be processed and patterns discovered while analyzing documents on international relations. These spectacularly efficient and highly useful pattern-detection methods do not, however, capture the nuance that a close textual reading would uncover, and in this sense the mechanized procedures are distant from the text. As between distant and close readings, we are currently exploring the possibility for a “third way” for text analysis: a transparent, low-tech text-reduction scheme based on how people actually use language. This low-tech approach involves locating a small number of text segments (hence reducing complexity) that can be read carefully by a human (hence preserving nuance). This talk will illustrate several tools for text analysis that enhance the control of human readers in the analysis of international relations texts, while still preserving many advantages of automated text analysis. To illustrate the benefits we are seeking from our “middle way” to text analysis, we apply this approach to public National Security Strategy statements issued by US Presidents in recent decades.

Presenter bio: Ronald Breiger is a Regents’ Professor at the University of Arizona, USA, where he is Professor of Sociology, Professor (by courtesy) of Government and Public Policy, and affiliated with the interdisciplinary PhD program in Statistics. His interests include theory and methods in social network analysis, the sociology of culture, organizations, stratification, theory and methods.


Somdeep Sen Seminar


Name:  Somdeep Sen - Post-doctoral Researcher- Department of Social Sciences and Business- Roskilde University, Denmark

Date:  June 4, 2018 – Monday

Place: CASE 127

Time: 16:00-17:30

Title: Activism and the Political Science Endeavor​


Ruchan Kaya and Alexander Pacek Seminar


Name:  Ruchan Kaya- Texas A&M University Alexander Pacek, Texas A&M University 

Date:  May 15, 2018 – Tuesday

Place: CASE 127

Time: 16:00-17:15

Title: Relative Mobilization Capacity, Elections, and Civil Liberties across Polity Analysis ​

Abstract: Contestation has always had a central place in democratization studies. The Dahlian understanding in particular had contestation and inclusiveness as two central pillars in conceptualization of the term. With the rise of authoritarian countries holding elections, even some monarchies, countries satisfy the condition of inclusiveness more while many of them lack contestation. Inspired by the findings in Kaya and Bernhard (2013), we generate a new indicator on electoral competitiveness, measuring the relative mobilization capacity (RMC) of the winner relative to the runner up in both lower chamber and presidential elections. Employing this indicator, this paper evaluates the effect of RMC on civil liberties. Using a global sample of elections, our findings suggest that, indeed a more competitive democracy is a better democracy, showing better levels of civil liberties. While better levels of electoral competition have a somewhat stronger effect in legislative settings, increasing competition among different types of authoritarian settings also have relevance in improving civil liberties. 


Bio: Ruchan Kaya is a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University in United States. He has two strains of research interests on natural resource politics as well as studying civil society, elections, and democracy. In particular, his dissertation centers upon how resource production affects the processes of regime change, regime diffusion, economic, and human development in natural resource transit countries. His published research focuses on the relationship between successive elections and democratization in post-communist space. He graduated from Sabanci University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Political Sciences. As an Alumni Fellow, he received his master’s degree and then completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Florida. 


Istanbul Workshop on Transnational Dimensions of Nonstate Armed Groups

Date: March 29-30, 2018

Place: Koç University, CAS127

March 29, 2018 

Round Table “​Nonstate Armed Groups and State-of-the-Knowledge in IR” 10:00-11:45am 

Round Table “Debate on Research Proposal- Part B1” 1:30-3:15pm

Free Debate Session “Suggestions and Recommendations on Potential Improvement Areas”​  3:45:5pm


March 30,2018 

Round Table “Debate on Research Proposal- Part B1” 10:00-11:45am 

Round Table “Suggestions and Recommendations on Potential Improvement Areas on PART B2 of the proposal” 1:30-3:15pm


For more information, contact Asst. Prof. Belgin Şan Akça (


Altay Atlı Seminar


Name:  Altay Atli, Lecturer, at the Department of International Relations of Koç University and a research associate at Sabancı University’s Istanbul Policy Center

Date:  March 19, 2018 – Monday

Place: CASE 127

Time: 16:00-17:00

Title: China’s Economic Transformation and Its Implications for Turkey

Abstract: The Chinese economy has been going through a remarkable process of structural transformation in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. In a transition towards what the Chinese president Xi Jinping calls “the new normal”, China is making efforts to move from its traditional developmental model based on low cost manufacturing, exports, investment in infrastructure and heavy industry as well as high levels of savings to fuel those investments, to a new model based on higher value added production, a focus on the quality rather than the quantity of investments, and domestic consumption to supplement the exports. In today’s globalizing world defined by growing economic interdependence between nations, the transformation of the Chinese economic behemoth is a crucial factor that is profoundly affecting other stakeholders of the global economy, including Turkey. This paper first makes an effort to explain the several dynamics shaping the contours of China’s transformation; while in the second part it looks onto the various ways what China’s “new normal” with its higher value added, increased technology component, focus on the domestic consumption, and a renewed drive of outward investment expansion through the Belt and Road Initiative affect Turkey.


Bio: Dr. Altay Atlı is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations of Koç University and a research associate at Sabancı University’s Istanbul Policy Center, specializing in international political economy, Asian economies and international relations in the Asia Pacific. Having studied in Turkey and Australia, Dr. Atlı obtained his Ph.D. from Boğaziçi University, and was affiliated with this university’s Asian Studies Center as well as Shanghai University’s Center for Global Studies. He also worked as research coordinator at Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), and continues to provide training and consulting services for the business community in his capacity as a senior consultant at Intelcon, a consulting and executive training company. Dr. Atlı is an expert member at the China Network of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) and a columnist at the Hong Kong based international news and opinion portal Asia Times. More details on his work can be found in his personal web site

Michael Barzelay Seminar


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)

Date:  December 11, 2017 – Monday

Place: CASE 127

Time: 16:00-17:30

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. 

Short bio: Michael Barzelay is Professor of Public Management at London School of Economics, based in the Department of Management.  He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Research Institute.  Professor Barzelay is author of a number of books and articles about public management, the episodes in public management policy-making, and case study research.  He has served a Co-Editor of Governance and Associate Editor of the International Public Management Journal, and he is  currently on the editorial boards of two recently established journals, Policy Design and Practice and Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.  He has consulted with many governmental and international public organisations, primarily US based, over the past thirty years. 

Fuat Keyman Seminar


Name: Fuat Keyman-Sabanci University

Title: Turkey in the New Middle East: The (Kurdish) State Question

Date:  November 14,2017 –TUESDAY

Place: CASE Z-27

Time: 16:00-17:30

Abstract: Our globalizing world is presently in a ‘turmoil’. From economic crises to security challenges, from climate change to increasing inequality and poverty, and from violence to terror, to name a few, globalization is confronted by not one but multiple crises, occurring simultaneously and with devastating and severe consequences. Risk, uncertainty, and insecurity are the terms that we use to describe the present—that is, the multiple crises of globalization—giving rise to the global turmoil that is gaining an enduring quality and shaping global/regional/national/local affairs and developments. While felt everywhere in the world, it is the Middle East in general, and Syria and Iraq in particular, where the meaning and the implications of the global turmoil and multiple crises have recently coalesced.  While the existing states face the risk of maintaining their territorial existence and sovereignty,  the possibility of the emergence of new states is no longer utopia. Turkey is not immune from these challenges and security risks; on the contrary, it is at the epicenter of this global shift. Both its domestic affairs and foreign policy are exposed to these developments. While expectations vis-à-vis Turkey’s role and involvement in the Middle East increase, challenges originating from the Middle East confront Turkey more than ever before.  Of the ongoing unprecedented challenges it is the possibility of the Kurdish state, more accurately, the process of the Kurdish state building,  that has been the most effective, bothersome, and critical to the Turkish state, and has occupied the central place in public and political debate.  In this talk, I will suggest that it is true that as the tectonic stones have moved in the Middle East, as well as at the global scale, Turkey as a pivotal actor/regional power has the potential to contribute immensely to the possibility of stability and peace; and moreover, Turkey can play this role by combining soft and hard power, humanitarian efforts and military engagements, and conjectural-flexible alliances with its visionary and historical anchor with the West, that is, with the transatlantic alliance and the European Union/Europe.  Yet, it is equally true that without tackling effectively with the (Kurdish) state question in the Middle East, Turkey cannot deliver its positive and constructive contribution.


Panel: Çin ve Uluslararası İlişkilerin Geleceği

Tarih: 8 Kasım 2017

Saat: 14:00-16:30

Yer: Kurucular Salonu (Rumelifeneri Kampüsü)

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Küreselleşme, Barış ve Demokratik Yönetişim Araştırma Merkezi (GLODEM) ve KU Asya Çalışmaları Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi (KUASIA) 8 Kasım 2017 tarihinde Çin ve Uluslararası İlişkilerin geleceği konulu bir panel düzenledi. Caner Bakır’ın moderatörlüğünü yaptığı panelde; siyaset bilimi, uluslararası ilişkiler, ekonomi politikaları alanında ve Çin konusunda önde gelen uzmanları bir araya gelerek yakın dönemde gündeme gelen Çin ile ilgili siyasi, ekonomik ve finansal konularını karşılaştırmalı bir perspektiften tartıştı. Konuşmacılardan Garanti Bankası Şanghay baştemsilcisi Noyan Rona Çin Kominist Partisi’nin 19’ncu genel kongresinde olan gelişmelerden ve Çin’in önümüzdeki dönemdeki hedeflerinden kapsamlı bir sekilde bahsetti. Türkiye’nin Çin Eski Büyükelçisi Rafet Akgünay, Bir Kuşak Bir Yol projesinin Türkiye-Çin ilişkileri açısından getirdiği fırsatlardan ve tehditleri tartıştı. İstinye Üniversitesi’nden Mustafa Yağcı Çin’in Güney-Güney işbirliği atılımlarından, uluslararası kalkınma-finans kuruluşlarından ve bunların siyasi yansımalarından bahsetti. Ziya Öniş ise küreselleşme bağlamında Beijing uzlaşısından, Rusya-Çin ekseninden ve BRICS ülkelerinin geleceğiyle ilgili değerlendirmelerde bulundu. Panel, Caner Bakır’ın Çin’in hegemon bir güç olmasının önündeki engelleri tartıştığı kapanış konuşmasıyla sona erdi.


Martin Kilduff Seminar


November 2, 2017

From perception to reality: The role of motivated cognition in organizational network change

Abstract: Social networks can be considered cognitions in the minds of each perceiver or mutually recognized patterns of interaction. But what happens when the individual’s motivations lead to misalignment with other’s perceptions of mutual social interactions? We bring together cognitive and actual network research in showing that human motivations affect network dynamics through the mediation of social network perceptions. Using longitudinal social network data, we show that people motivated by the pursuit of status tend to under-acknowledge their dependence on others’ advice; whereas people motivated by the pursuit of communion with others tend to over-claim their helpfulness in providing advice. These self-serving network perceptions affect future networking patterns, such that status strivers tend to open new brokerage opportunities in their advice-seeking networks; and communion strivers tend to open new brokerage opportunities in their advice-giving networks. Motivated cognitions in the minds of individuals result in actual networking outcomes.

Time: 15:30-17:00

Room: CASE 127

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