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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  • 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.

  • Powers Lost or Gained?
    • Friday, February 01, 2013

    Powers Lost or Gained?

    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.

  • Back to the Future: The Renewed Case for a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement
    • Friday, December 07, 2012

    Back to the Future: The Renewed Case for a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement

    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.

  • How Political Islamists View the Euro Crisis
    • Friday, November 02, 2012

    How Political Islamists View the Euro Crisis

    Europe’s economic crisis is being used to carve out more fundamental divisions between Europe and its Muslim neighbors.

  • Institutions, Conflict Management, and the Euro Crisis
    • Friday, October 05, 2012

    Institutions, Conflict Management, and the Euro Crisis

    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.

  • Widening Versus Deepening Reloaded
    • Friday, September 07, 2012

    Widening Versus Deepening Reloaded

    The challenge for EU policymakers is to push for more EU "widening" at a time when national proclivities tend to nurture protectionism.

  • Syria and the Tyranny of History
    • Friday, August 03, 2012

    Syria and the Tyranny of History

    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.

  • Problems to Resurface for the New EU Presidency
    • Friday, July 06, 2012

    Problems to Resurface for the New EU Presidency

    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.

  • The EU and the World Order, Post-Eurovision
    • Friday, June 01, 2012

    The EU and the World Order, Post-Eurovision

    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.

  • How to Judge Chicago’s Success
    • Friday, May 04, 2012

    How to Judge Chicago’s Success

    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.

Education

MA, College of Europe
BS, University of Virginia 

Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Turkish
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