Contemporary Issues in World Politics İlter Turan & Mehmet Ali Tuğtan
About the Course
With the collapse of the World Order established following the Second World War, World Politics has entered a period of turmoil. After a short euphoria during which Eastern Europe was incorporated into NATO and the European Union, and a slightly longer-lived American preponderance in the international system, developments of both a regional and global nature have emerged to challenge world peace and order. The course will start with a review of the driving forces of International Politics, followed by a description of the post-World War II international order, then move to its breakdown and will continue with the analysis of the events coming after the end of the Cold War culminating in the transformation of Central and Eastern Europe, the breakup of the Soviet Union and a short-lived uni-polar American domination of the international system. Attention will then be turned to various challenges and problem areas in contemporary World Politics including disorders in the Balkans resulting from the collapse of Yugoslavia, the rise of China and the return of Russia as a major actor in the world stage, the humanitarian disasters in Bosnia and Kosovo where the West intervened; and Rwanda etc. where it did not. Continuing with an analysis of the Arab Spring where democratic aspirations mainly failed and the resulting dislocations fanned the expansion of radical Islam and the associated wave of global terrorism. Next the course will examine frozen conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli conflict and conclude by looking at the problems of the global commons such as climate change, pollution, pandemics and the growing problem of refugees. After having completed the course, the students would be expected to develop factual and historical knowledge of World Politics, identify the main issues and trends that affect World politics, and reflect critically on the salient World political issues of the day.
Prof. İlter Turan
İlter Turan is currently Emeritus professor of Political Science in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. He has served as the president of his university from 1998-2001. Previously he has taught at Koç University (1993-1998) and Istanbul University (1964-
1993) where he served as the chair of the International Relations Department (1987-1993). Dr. Turan is the past president of the Turkish Political Science Association and Vice President of the International Political Science Association and Program Chair of its 21 st World Congress in 2009. He serves on the board of several foundations and corporations. He is widely published in English and Turkish on Comparative Politics, Turkish politics and foreign policy. His most recent
writings have been on Turkish foreign policy, Turkey’s democratization, Turkish political parties and elections. His latest book Turkey’s Difficult Journey to Democracy was published by Oxford U. P. in April 2015. He writes a weekly column in the economics daily Dünya and is a frequent
commentator on media. Dr. Turan holds a BA from Oberlin College, an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Istanbul University. Born in Istanbul in 1941, he is married and has one child.
Prof. Mehmet Ali Tuğtan
Assistant Professor Mehmet Ali Tuğtan has been a lecturer of international relations in Istanbul Bilgi University since 2008. Graduated from Boğaziçi University PhD program in 2007, Prof. Tugtan specializes in contemporary World politics, Turkish foreign policy and security studies. He has published on contemporary Turkish foreign policy, Turkish participation in the Korean War, terrorism, and natural disasters as a security threat. Prof. Tugtan was born in 1974.