Kemal Kirişci

Kemal Kirişci is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe‘s Turkey Project at Brookings, with an expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies. From 2013 until 2020, he was TÜSİAD senior fellow at Brookings and director of the Turkey Project. Kirişci is a regular contributor to the Order from Chaos blog at Brookings.

His most recent book, “Turkey and the West: Faultlines in a Troubled Alliance,” was published by the Brookings Institution Press in November 2017. He is the co-author of the monograph “The Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect” (Brookings Institution Press, April 2016), which considers the long-term economic, political, and social implications of Syria’s displaced and offers policy recommendations to address the humanitarian crisis.

Before joining Brookings, Kirişci was a professor of international relations and held the Jean Monnet chair in European integration in the department of political science and international relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. His areas of research interest include EU-Turkish relations, U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign and trade policies, European integration, immigration issues, ethnic conflicts, and refugee movements.

His recent publications include “How the EU and Turkey can promote self-reliance for Syrian refugees through agricultural trade” (February 2020), “The rise and fall of liberal democracy in Turkey: Implications for the West” (co-authored with Amanda Sloat, February 2019), and “An ambiguous partnership: The serpentine trajectory of Turkish-Russian relations in the era of Erdoğan and Putin” (September 2017). His first paper for Brookings was “Turkey and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Boosting the Model Partnership with the United States” (Brookings, September 2013).

Kemal Kirişci is the author of several books on Turkey including “Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition” (co-authored with R. Linden et al; Lynne Reinner, 2011), “Land of Diverse Migrations: Challenges of Emigration and Immigration in Turkey” (co-edited with A. İçduygu; Bilgi University Press, 2009), “Turkish Immigrants in the European Union: Determinants of Immigration and Integration” (co-edited book with R.Erzan; Routledge, 2007), “Turkey In World Politics: An Emerging Multi-Regional Power” (co-edited with B. Rubin; Lynne Reinner, 2001), and “The Kurdish Question and Turkey: An Example of a Trans-State Ethnic Conflict”(co-authored with G. Winrow; Frank Cass, 1997).

Kirişci earned a doctorate in international relations from the City University, London; a master’s in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England; and a bachelor’s in finance and management from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Kirişci has also extensively published articles on Turkish foreign policy, EU-Turkish relations and immigration in academic journals and numerous op-eds on current affairs in Turkey since joining Brookings.

Alternatives Turkish Journal of International Relations, member, international advisory board
BETAM, member, advisory board
European Journal of Turkish Studies, member, scientific advisory board
Global Society, member, editorial board
Insight Turkey, member, advisory board

  • Current Positions

  • Past Positions

    • Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair in European integration, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
    • Lecturer at training seminars organized for Turkish officials by the UNHCR and the Turkish Ministry of the Interior (1997-2012)
    • Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, Washington D.C. (September 2009-July 2010)
    • Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa (2008-2009 academic year)
    • Director of European Studies Center and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, Boğaziçi University, 2002-2008
    • Member of the Executive Board of the Boğaziçi University-TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum (2004-2008)
    • Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, (December 1999-January 2002)
    • Member of the External Research Advisory Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1996-2000)
    • Fulbright Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota (March-July 1998)
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in International Relations, Department of Systems Science, The City University, London
    • M.A. in International Relations, The University of Kent at Canterbury, England
    • B.A. in Finance and Management, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
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