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).
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.
Europe’s global ambitions would suffer a huge setback if Britain would choose to leave the EU in 2017 and if Turkey would, at the same time, give up on membership.
At a time when much ink is being spilled over the alleged decline of the West, a U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement would provide a strong foundation for protecting the soft economic powers of the West.
Europe’s economic crisis is being used to carve out more fundamental divisions between Europe and its Muslim neighbors.
As the euro crisis continues to unfold, the economic as well as political difficulties associated with producing large and indispensable gains are becoming ever more visible.
The challenge for EU policymakers is to push for more EU "widening" at a time when national proclivities tend to nurture protectionism.
The real question facing Syrians is whether a sense of unity and common destiny can be created among the various religious and social groups in the country after the tragedy of the Assad years.
Cyprus’ recent economic difficulties, combined with its long-lasting dispute with Turkey, are reason enough to expect that its EU presidency will indeed be challenging.
It is only with hindsight that we will realize how much of a watershed event Europe’s economic crisis has been. It will certainly prove to be a setback for the emergence of a liberal, rules based world order.
The success of the Chicago Summit is likely to be determined by its ability to cement the transatlantic partnership and whether the Allies will achieve unity of vision for the future of the Alliance.