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).
After so many years of striving to build up its foreign policy credentials, the EU faces—over the Eastern Mediterranean—a real test of its ambitions and capabilities as an effective foreign policy actor.
The stakes are just so high: more centralization of political power, dealing with a polarized society, or even shifting Turkey’s direction to the West.
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.
The absence of proper rules to regulate escalation and retaliation in cyberspace has a potentially destabilizing impact on global security.
The failed coup in Turkey could lead either to a renewed push toward a presidential system or to a newfound momentum for democratic reforms.
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.
The digital world needs transatlantic leadership. Otherwise, the risk is that international governance will remain deficient, increasing the risks of cybercrime.
Five Carnegie Europe scholars discuss how the migration and refugee crisis is affecting different parts of the globe.
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 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?