Politics and International Relations

Dr Gülnur Aybet

BA (Royal Holloway, London), MSc (Southampton), MPhil (King's, London), PhD (Nottingham)


Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Member of Conflict Security and Human Rights Research Group

Convenor of Transatlantic and European Security Research Cluster


Room: Rutherford N4.8
Tel: 01227 (82)7473
Personal website

Gülnur Aybet’s main areas of expertise are transatlantic relations, with special reference to NATO and the EU, Turkish politics and foreign policy and state building and post conflict reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent.  In 2010 she was appointed as a Professor of international relations at the Izmir University of Economics, Turkey by the Turkish Higher Education Council (YOK) and since then has kept a visiting status with that institution.   She was previously an assistant professor at Bilkent University, Ankara and a lecturer at the University of Nottingham, England. Between 2009-2010 she was a SouthEast Europe Policy Scholar and a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. In 2005-6 was a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford and previously held a visiting scholarship at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. From 2007-9 she was a Principal Investigator of a British Academy funded project on the state building roles of NATO and the EU in Bosnia. She is the author of The Dynamics of European Security Cooperation 1945-1991 ( Palgrave 2001), A European Security Architecture After the Cold War: Questions of Legitimacy (Macmillan 2000) and co-author with Rebecca Moore of NATO in Search of a Vision (Georgetown University Press, 2010) She has published widely on European security and Turkish foreign policy issues in journals such as Security Dialogue, International Journal, Problems of Post Communism and Europe Asia Studies as well as op-eds in daily newspapers. She is frequently invited as a guest speaker and panelist to high level policy forums at Wilton Park, Ditchley Park at the Atlantic Council. Dr Aybet is a member of the British-Turkish Tatlidil Forum. A regular commentator for the international media on current affairs, in 2009 she was nominated as one of the top 20 most powerful Muslim women in the United Kingdom by The Times.  Gulnur Aybet holds a BA(Hons) in Economics and Public Administration from Royal Holloway College, University of London, an MSc in International Relations from the University of Southampton, an M Phil in War Studies, from Kings College London and a PhD in European Security from the University of Nottingham.  For further information and recent activities please see: www.gulnur-aybet.net







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Last Updated: 07/09/2012