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About Birol A. Yeşilada

Birol A. Yeşilada is professor of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University (PSU). He is also holder of the endowed chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies and Director of the Center for Turkish Studies in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He is also Director of the Middle East Studies Center at PSU. He came to PSU in September 1998 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was Chair of the Department of Political Science.
Dr. Yeşilada received his B.A. degree in 1977 in Neurobiology from the University of California at Berkeley, his M.A. in Political Science in 1979 from San Francisco State University, and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1984 from the University of Michigan.
His current research interests include: Global power transition, World Values Survey (Cyprus), the European Union, political and economic development of Turkey, radical Islam and terrorism, the Cyprus negotiations and international conflict resolution, and politics of economic reform in the emerging markets.
His recent publications include several books, EU-Turkey Relations in the 21st Century, Islamization of Turkey Under the AKP, The Emerging European Union, Comparative Political Parties and Party Elites, The Socioeconomic and Political Transformation of Turkey, Agrarian Reform in Reverse: Food Crisis in the Third World, and over 30 articles and book chapters. His is the former co-editor-in-chief of International Studies Perspectives and former Associate editor of Middle East Studies Association Bulletin.
Dr. Yeşilada has been an invited policy consultant at various Departments of the US government, the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the RAND Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Nathan Associates, Barclays Capital, the World Bank, and is an Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council. He was invited by the White House to take part in a panel study at the RAND Corporation on “Politics and Islam in the New Constitution of Afghanistan” as part of the commission that drafted the new Constitution of that country.


Present Endowed Chair, Portland State University Contemporary Turkish Studies
Present Professor, Portland State University Political Science

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