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Seçkin Köstem

Former George F. Kennan Fellow


    October 1, 2018 — December 31, 2018

    Professional affiliation

    Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Bilkent University

    Wilson Center Projects

    lmagining Eurasia: Russia's Changing National Economic lnterests

    Full Biography

    Seçkin Köstem is an assistant professor of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from McGill University (Montreal, Canada), Department of Political Science. Köstem’s research interests include International Political Economy with a specific focus on regional and rising powers, as well as Russian foreign economic policy, and the post-Soviet space. His doctoral dissertation investigates how national identity conceptions influence foreign economic policies of Turkey and Russia. He has been a visiting researcher at the Russia Institute of King’s College London and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Köstem’s articles have been published and forthcoming in Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Policy and Review of International Political Economy.

    Major Publications

    Frustrated Leadership: Russia’s Economic Alternative to the West, 2016, Global Policy, 7(2), 207-216, with Juliet Johnson.


    When Can Idea Entrepreneurs Influence Foreign Policy? Explaining the Rise of the “Turkic World” in Turkish Foreign Policy, 2017, Foreign Policy Analysis, 13(3), 722-740.


    Different Paths to Regional Hegemony: National Identity Contestation and Foreign Economic Strategy in Russia and Turkey, forthcoming, Review of International Political Economy