Professor Mustafa Aydın, born in 1967, was graduated from the Department of International Relations, Ankara University in 1988. He obtained his M.A. in International Relations and Strategic Studies (1991) and his Ph.D. in Political Sciences and International Relations (1994) from Lancaster University, UK. He later joined Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences in 1995 as assistant professor, becoming associate professor in 1999 and full professor in 2005. He was the founding head of the Global and Regional Studies Program at Ankara University. Between 2005 and 2009, he worked for the University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, as the Head of the Department of International Relations.
He was also member of the same University’s Senate and Governing Board Member of both Faculty of Administrative and Economic Sciences and the Graduate School. Professor Aydın served as the Rector of Kadir Has University, İstanbul, between February 2010 and March 2018. Dr. Mustafa Aydın is the President of the International Relations Council of Turkey, and a member of the Governing Board of the World Council for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Global Relations Forum, European Leadership Network, European Academy of Science and Arts, and Atlantic Council of Turkey.
Professor Aydın was Coordinator of the International Relations Module at the National Security Academy (2002-2008), Head of the Central Asia Desk (1999-2003) and Publication Coordinator (2002-2003) at the Centre for Eurasian Strategic Studies, Deputy Chairman of the International Commission of Eminent Persons on the Caucasus and the Caspian (2007-2008), Director of the International Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and the Co-Coordinator for the International Commission on the Black Sea. Dr. Aydın also served as an advisor for the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) and the Hellenic Center for European Studies (EKEM), was a member of the Planning and Evaluation Board of the Turkish General Staff’s Strategic Research and Study Centre (SAREM), the Advisory Board of the Centre for Strategic Research (SAM) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2000 to 2005 he served as a board member in the Turkish General Staff’s Ataturk Research and Study Centre (ATAREM), and from 2001 to 2004 was on the Governing Board of the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University.
He was also a member of the Governing Boards of the Centre for International Political and Economical Relations (1997-2005) and Centre for Strategic Research and Study (2003-2005) of Ankara University. In addition, Dr. Aydın served on the Economic Foreign Relations Research Commission of the State Planning Organization of Turkey (2005), the Political Sciences Study Group of Turkish Social Sciences Research Council (2005-2006), and on the Cankaya District Human Rights Board (2007-2009). From 2003 to 2009 he was a member of the Presidential Working Group on Economy and Foreign Policy. He also occasionally worked as an Election Observer for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.
Drawing on his extensive experience, Dr. Aydın has thought at the universities of Ankara, Athens, Atılım, Bilkent, Başkent, Dokuz Eylül, Gazi, Economics and Technology, and Kadir Has. He has also lectured at the Turkish National Security Academy, NATO Defense College, Turkish Military Academy, and the George C. Marshall Centre for European Security, teaching such courses as International Politics, Theories of International Relations, Defense and Strategy, International Security, Globalization and International Relations, Turkish Foreign Policy, Revolutionary Movements in International Relations, Political History and International Terrorism. As a guest researcher and visiting professor, Dr. Aydın has worked at the University of Michigan (1998), Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (2002) and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2003), in addition to the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies (1999) and the EU Institute for Security Studies (2003). He is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the International Relations Council of Turkey, Turkish Atlantic Council, Turkish Political Sciences Association, European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS), Regional Network of Strategic Studies Centres and International Network on Regional Security.
Dr. Aydın, who had previously served as an editor for the Turkish Yearbook of International Relations, Review of International Affairs, Ankara Papers, and the Journal of Strategic Research is currently Editor-in-Chief of SSCI-Cited Uluslararası İlişkiler (International Relations). In addition to serving on the editorial and advisory boards of several national international scholarly journals, Dr. Aydın has published numerous articles and books. Furthermore, he has carried out projects with the support of Turkish Ministry of National Education, UNESCO, Fulbright Commission, the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, EU Institute for Security Studies, Lancaster University, Ankara University, NATO Science for Peace Program, British Council, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TICA), Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Bertelsmann Stiftung, and the Black Sea Trust. Professor Aydın’s academic interests include Theories of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, Security Studies, Geopolitics, Strategic Studies, Foreign and Security Polices of Turkey, and Eurasian Politics.