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Nilgün Arısan Eralp

EU Director, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)

Nilgün Arısan Eralp holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Middle East Technical University, M.A. degree in Economic Development from Leicester University and M.Sc. degree in European Studies from London School of Economics. Eralp worked as an expert in State Planning Organization, Directorate General for EU Affairs. Further, Eralp functioned as the Head of Department of Policies and Harmonization in the Directorate General for the EU Affairs at State Planning Organization. Afterwards, she served as the Director of the National Programme in the Secretariat General for the European Union Affairs (EUSG) until 2009. Throughout this period Eralp has been a Member of the Academic Board in the European Research Centre, Ankara University on behalf of the EUSG. Eralp has lectured at several universities on the EU as well as Turkey-EU relations and has several publications on the same topics and has been working at TEPAV since 2009 as the Director of the European Union Institute.

Prof. Dr. Ofra Bengio

Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Prof. Dr. Ofra Bengio, Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and Head of Kurdish Studies Program at the Moshe Dayan Center. Her fields of expertise are the contemporary Middle Eastern history, modern and contemporary politics of Iraq, Turkey and the Kurds. Bengio also has a focus on culture and literature of Middle Eastern societies. She has translated poetry and prose from Arabic and Turkish into Hebrew. She was a visiting fellow at Emory, Beijing and Bogazici universities as well as The Washington Institute. Bengio is a frequently referred commentator in Israeli and world media. 
She has written numerous articles and essays in leading journals and collective volumes. She is the author of, among others, Saddam’s Word (1998), The Turkish-Israeli Relationship: Changing Ties of Middle Eastern Outsiders (2nd edition 2010), Türkiye İsrail: Hayalet İttifaktan Stratejik İşbirliğine (2009), Nazım Hikmet: Blue-eyed Giant (2009) or the Kurds of Iraq: Building a State within a State (2012).

Andrew Duff

Visiting Fellow, European Policy Centre

Andrew Duff was Liberal Democrat MEP (East of England) and spokesman on constitutional affairs for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) from 1999-2014. He was Deputy Chair of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. Duff was a member of the Convention on the Charter of Fundamental Rights and of the Convention on the Future of Europe and, latterly, one of Parliament’s representatives at the IGC which drafted the Treaty of Lisbon. From 2008 to 2013 he was President of the Union of European Federalists. Before becoming an MEP, Duff was Director of the Federal Trust, London.

Joost Lagendijk

Political Analyst & Publicist

Joost Lagendijk (1957) is a political analyst. He was a lecturer at Suleyman Shah University in Istanbul. He was a columnist for Turkish dailies Zaman and Today’s Zaman between 2010-2016 and worked as a senior adviser at the Istanbul Policy Center, the think tank of Sabanci University, for three years after moving to Turkey in 2009. As a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Greens from 1998 till 2009, he specialized in EU enlargement to Turkey and the Balkans. He wrote four books in Dutch, on the borders of Europe, on the foreign policy strategies of the US and the EU, on European policy towards its Muslim neighbours (translated into English and Turkish) and on modern Turkey. Born in the Netherlands, he graduated as a historian from Utrecht University. 

Prof. Dr. Ronald Linden

University of Pittsburgh

Ronald H. Linden is Professor of Political Science and has just completed five years as Director of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. A Princeton Ph.D. (1976), he was Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at Pitt from 1984-89 and 1991-98. From 1989 to 1991 Dr. Linden served as Director of Research for Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany. His publications include: Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition (2012) and, with Yasemin Irepoğlu, “Turkey and the Balkans: New Forms of Political Community?” in Turkish Studies (2013). Publications on East Europe include “EU Accession and the Role of International Actors,” in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.) Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, 3rd Edition (2015). 

Dr. Linden will hold a DAAD/AICGS Fellowship in the fall of 2016 and has been awarded a Fulbright-Schuman Research Scholarship beginning in 2017. He has received fellowships and research grants from the German Marshall Fund, the United States Institute of Peace, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.  He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer and a Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies and a Guest Scholar of the East European Studies Program, both in the Woodrow Wilson Center. 

Prof. Dr. Meltem Müftüler-Baç

Sabancı University

Prof. Dr. Meltem Müftüler-Baç is Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet chair at Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey. She is a graduate of Robert College (1984), received her B.A in Political Science from Boğaziçi University (1988), M.A (1989) and Ph.D. (1992) in Political Science/ International relations from Temple University, USA. She worked at Bilkent University from 1992 to 2002; and as a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago.
Müftüler-Baç authored Turkey’s Relations with a Changing Europe, Turkey and the European Union Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities and Constraints, co-edited with Yannis Stivachtis, and Diverging Pathways: Turkey and the European Union, Re-Thinking the Dynamics of Turkish-European Union Relations. Her publications appeared in numerous international outlets. She participates in several EU funded large scale collaborative research projects in Framework programs and received numerous grants from the EU both for research and teaching. Müftüler-Baç holds two prestigious awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences: Young Social Scientist Investigator Award in 2002 and Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2003. She was awarded with the Jean Monnet Professor ad personam title from the European Commission in 2004.  

H.E. Ambassador Albert Rohan

Independent Commission on Turkey

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Albert Rohan is a Doctor of Law and long serving Austrian diplomat. He had assignments in Belgrade, London, Buenos Aires and as Director of the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General in New York. From 1995 to 2001 he was Secretary General of the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Since his retirement from the diplomatic service in 2002 he worked as lecturer and political commentator for radio, television and print media. 2002 he was elected Vice-President of the Austrian Association for European Policy. In 2004 he became founding member and until 2014 Rapporteur of the Independent Commission on Turkey. From 2005 to 2008 he was Deputy Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Future Status Talks of Kosovo. Since 2007 he is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. 2008 he was elected President of the Austro-American Society. Albert Rohan is author of the book „Diplomat am Rande der Weltpolitik“, Molden 2002.