About Mehmet OZKAN
Graduated from Istanbul University of Turkey, Faculty of Political Science, International Relations in 2002. He studied at University of Johannesburg, South Africa on African issues and holds a master in European Politics from Linkopings University, Sweden (2008) and a PhD from Sevilla University, Spain (2013) with a thesis on the role of religion/culture in shaping foreign policy mentality in Turkey, India and South Africa. He was a Visiting Student at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana Medellin in Colombia in 2009; a Visiting Fellow at Institute for Defense and Security Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi, India in 2010; and Visiting Researcher at Cairo University in Egypt in 2011. He was also a lecturer at International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, in 2012.
Between 2012-2014, Dr. Ozkan worked as a Researcher at the premier Turkish think-tank SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research in Ankara, Turkey; and he was Director of The International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime (UTSAM) at Turkish Police Academy between 2014-2015; and Director of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in Colombia and Latin America (2015-2018). He is also the author several books including, Foreign Policy After Tahrir Revolution: (Re-)Defining the Role of Egypt in the Middle East (2011): Turkey's Involvement in Somalia: A State-Building in Progress (2014).
Along with the participation in many international conferences as speaker, discussant and participant, he traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and North/South America. He has a good command of English, Spanish, Turkish along with an intermediate Arabic.
Dr. Mehmet Ozkan
Academic/Peer Reviewed (36)
Shaping Peace Processes: A Comparison between Turkey and Colombia Turkish Policy Quarterly (2018)
Despite having different trajectories and internal dynamics, the Colombia/FARC and the Turkey/PKK cases other an interesting comparative lens through which to analyze the critical factors of any successful peace process. While the Colombian government and ...
İran-Latin Amerika İlişkileri (1999-2017): Süreç, Kapsam ve Sonuç Akademik Ortadogu (2017)
Iran’s relationships with Latin America and the engagement style it has developed have created many controversies, especially in the West. The purpose of this study is to draw a diagram of the relations Iran has ...
Latino Muslims and Radical Extremism Why There Is No Daesh ISIS Threat in Latin America? Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (2017)
Despite much talk about infiltration of ISIS into Latin America and participation from Latino Muslims, there is no concrete evidence yet. Latin America still represents the safest continent on the earth from ISIS threat. When ...
Geopolitics of Security: 'Borderland Triangle', Options and Obstacles (with Necati Anaz) Journal of International Studies (2016)
During the Cold-War period, the centre of geopoliticsmoved to the US, as opposed to one that was based in Europe for a longtime. The expectation that the Europe might gain its preeminence and centralrole in ...
A New Actor or Passer-By? The Political Economy of Turkey's Engagement with Africa Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (2012)
Despite its Ottoman past in the continent, Turkey did not show a serious interest in African affairs until recently. However, since 1998 there has been a revival in Turkey's involvement in developing relations with Africa. ...
Turkey’s ‘New’ Engagements in Africa and Asia: Scope, Content and Implications Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs (2011)
Since the AK Party assumed power in 2002, Turkish foreign policy has gone through a tremendous change both in its content and scope. The most striking and ‘new’ aspect of Turkey’s foreign policy has been ...