Sinan Ülgen

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe

Ülgen is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on Turkish foreign policy, nuclear policy, cyberpolicy, and transatlantic relations.

Sinan Ülgen is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on Turkish foreign policy, nuclear policy, cyberpolicy, and transatlantic relations.

He is a founding partner of Istanbul Economics, a Turkish consulting firm that specializes in public and regulatory affairs, and chairman of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, an independent think tank in Istanbul.

Ülgen has served in the Turkish Foreign Service in several capacities: in Ankara on the United Nations desk (1990–1992); in Brussels at the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union (1992–1996); and at the Turkish embassy in Tripoli (1996).

He is a regular contributor to Turkish dailies, and his opinion pieces have been published in the International New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Le Figaro. He was a member of the international security experts group set up by former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen and tasked with preparing a report on the transatlantic relationship in advance of NATO’s September 2014 summit.

Ülgen is the author of Governing Cyberspace: A Road Map for Transatlantic Leadership (Carnegie Europe, 2016), Handbook of EU Negotiations (Bilgi University Press, 2005), and The European Transformation of Modern Turkey with Kemal Derviş (Centre for European Policy Studies, 2004).

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  • Letter From Ankara
    • Friday, June 23, 2017

    Letter From Ankara

    Increasingly, Turkey’s leaders seek to reshape their country’s relationship with the EU away from the goal of accession toward a framework more focused on trade.

  • A Lack of Cybernorms Threatens Western Democracies
    • Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    A Lack of Cybernorms Threatens Western Democracies

    The absence of proper rules to regulate escalation and retaliation in cyberspace has a potentially destabilizing impact on global security.

  • The Anatomy of Turkey’s Botched Coup
    • Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    The Anatomy of Turkey’s Botched Coup

    The failed coup in Turkey could lead either to a renewed push toward a presidential system or to a newfound momentum for democratic reforms.

  • Resilience as the Guiding Principle of EU External Action
    • Tuesday, July 05, 2016

    Resilience as the Guiding Principle of EU External Action

    The introduction of resilience as a key tenet of EU foreign policy should help streamline the EU’s philosophy of engagement with its close neighborhood.

  • Cyberspace and the World Order
    • Thursday, January 14, 2016

    Cyberspace and the World Order

    The digital world needs transatlantic leadership. Otherwise, the risk is that international governance will remain deficient, increasing the risks of cybercrime.

  • Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis
    • Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Five Regional Assessments of the Refugee Crisis

    Five Carnegie Europe scholars discuss how the migration and refugee crisis is affecting different parts of the globe.

  • The Ankara Bombing Will Shift Turkey’s Foreign Policy Priorities
    • Friday, October 16, 2015

    The Ankara Bombing Will Shift Turkey’s Foreign Policy Priorities

    The recent terrorist attack in Ankara is likely to have major ramifications for both the domestic and the regional policies of the Turkish government.

  • Turkey’s Postelection Future
    • Tuesday, June 09, 2015

    Turkey’s Postelection Future

    Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary election delivered a surprise result, with losses for the ruling party and gains for the main pro-Kurdish party. What happens next?

  • The Impact of ISIS on Turkey and Beyond
    • Monday, June 23, 2014

    The Impact of ISIS on Turkey and Beyond

    The ISIS insurgency in Iraq will pose significant political and security challenges for the established states of the Middle East, including, first and foremost, Turkey.

  • What Next After Turkey’s Local Elections?
    • Friday, April 04, 2014

    What Next After Turkey’s Local Elections?

    The result of recent municipal elections in Turkey was a clear endorsement of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership. But the vote also raises a number of tough long-term questions.

Education

MA, College of Europe
BS, University of Virginia 

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Turkish
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