Ozlem KAYHAN PUSANE


Özlem Kayhan Pusane, Ph.D.

Department of International Relations
Işık University

ozlem.pusane "at" isikun.edu.tr

About Me

Özlem Kayhan Pusane was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1980. She graduated from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2002 with a B.Sc. degree in International Relations. She received her M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, where she also received her Ph.D. degree in Political Science in 2009. She is currently an assistant professor at Işık University (Istanbul, Turkey). Özlem's broader research and teaching interests lie in the areas of security studies, civil-military relations, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism.

Education


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2009.
    Fields of Specialization: International Relations and Comparative Politics.
    Dissertation Title: Insurgencies, Counterinsurgencies, and Civil-Military Relations: When, How, and Why Do Civilians Prevail?
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2004.
  • B.Sc. in International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2002.
    (Ranked first in the program)

Research


Research Projects

  • “Dış Politikada Değişim Süreci: Türkiye'nin Kuzey Irak Politikası Örneği” [The Process of Change in Foreign Policy: The Case of Turkey's Northern Iraq Policy], TÜBİTAK 3501 Career Grant, 2014-2016.
  • “When Battlefield Success Leads to Effective Counterinsurgency: Searching for a Cross-Regional Theory,” EU FP7 Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant, 2010-2014.

Publications

  • “How to Profile PYD/YPG as an Actor in the Syrian Civil War: Policy Implications for the Region and Beyond”, in Özden Zeynep Oktav, Emel Parlar Dal, Ali Murat Kurşun (eds.), Violent Non-state Actors and the Syrian Civil War: The ISIS and YPG Cases, Springer, 2018.
  • “La Guerra Civil Siria y El Asunto Kurdo en Turquia: Implicaciones Mutuas” [The Syrian Civil War and Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Mutual Implications], in Un Retrato de la Turquia Contemporanea: Vision General y Perspectivas (Mexico, Anahuac University Press, 2016).
  • “Turkey’s Changing Relations with the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government”, Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Summer 2016).
  • “Turkey’s Struggle with the PKK and Civilian Control over the Turkish Armed Forces”, Conflict, Security, and Development, Vol. 16, No. 3 (May 2016).
  • “Technology and Politics: Have the ICTs Turned into a New Domain for Civil-Military Relations in Turkey? (With Rabia Karakaya Polat), South European Society and Politics, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Summer 2016).
  • “Turkey’s Military Victory over the PKK and Its Failure to end the PKK Insurgency”, Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 51, No. 5 (September 2015).
  • “Türkiye’nin Kürt Sorunu: Arap Baharı ile Değişen Yurt içi ve Bölgesel Dinamikler” [Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Changing Domestic and Regional Dynamics Through the Arab Spring]. Uluslararası Iliskiler Dergisi, Vol. 11, No. 42 (Summer 2014).
  • "Turkey's Kurdish Opening: Long Awaited Achievements and Failed Expectations." Turkish Studies, Vol. 15, No. 1 (April 2014).
  • "The Iraq War and the Troubled US-Turkish Alliance: Some Conclusions for Europe." with Daniel A. Lindley in Joseph S. Joseph, ed., Turkey and the European Union: Internal Dynamics and External Challenges (New York, NY: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2006).

Conference Presentations

  • “Desecuritization of Turkish Foreign Policy towards Northern Iraq: Actor, Context, Audience,” paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) 2017 General Conference, Oslo, Norway, September 6-9, 2017.
  • “Türkiye’nin Kuzey Irak Politikası Değişim Süreçleri: Turgut Özal ve Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Dönemlerine Yönelik Karşılaştırmalı bir Analiz” [Turkey’s Foreign Policy Change Processes towards Northern Iraq: A Comparative Analysis of the Tenures of Turgut Özal and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan], paper presented at the 8th Uludağ Congress on International Relations, Bursa, Turkey, November 28-29, 2016.
  • “Türkiye'nin Irak Kürt Bölgesel Yönetimi Politikası: Güvenlik-dışılaştırma mı, yoksa Yeni Bir Güvenlik Tanımlaması mı?” [Turkey’s Policy towards the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government: A case of Desecuritization or a New Definition of Security?], paper presented at the New Middle East Conference], Işık University, İstanbul, Turkey, March 24-25, 2016.
  • “Role of Individual Leaders in Desecuritization: Turkish Foreign Policy Towards Northern Iraq,” paper presented at the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, European International Studies Association, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy, September 23-26, 2015.
  • “Role of Leadership in Initiating Foreign Policy Change: Turgut Özal’s Northern Iraq Policy,” paper presented at the 14th METU Conference on International Relations, Ankara, June 17-19, 2015.
  • “Technology as a Domain for Civil-Military Power Struggle” (With Rabia Karakaya Polat). paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 16-19, 2015.
  • “Counterinsurgency as Foreign Policy: Turkey’s Struggle with the PKK at the International Front” (With Aslı Ilgıt). Paper presented at the World Congress on the Middle East 2014, Ankara, Turkey, August 18-22, 2014.
  • “Counterinsurgency as Foreign Policy: Turkey’s Struggle with the PKK at the International Front” (With Aslı Ilgıt). Paper presented at the Global International Studies Congress 2014, Frankfurt, Germany, August 6-9, 2014.
  • “When Does Battlefield Success Mean Effective Counterinsurgency? Assessing the Effectiveness of Coercive Methods in Fighting Insurgencies.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 11-14, 2013.
  • “Can Ethnic Terrorism End with Coercive/Military Strategies? Turkey’s Military Success against the PKK and the Resolution of the Kurdish Question.” Paper presented at the International Interdisciplinary Social Inquiry Conference, Bursa, Turkey, June 17-21, 2012.
  • "A Longitudinal Analysis of Civil-Military Relations in Turkey.” Paper presented at the IPSA/AISP Armed Forces and Society Conference, Ankara, Turkey, June 17-19, 2011.
  • "Domestic Security Threats, Civil-Military Relations, and Democracy in Turkey and Peru." Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, California, March 26-29, 2008.
  • "Domestic Security Threats and Civil-Military Relations: Turkish Military's Role in Counterinsurgency Policy Making." Paper presented at the Middle East and Central Asia: Politics, Economics, and Society Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 6-8, 2007.
  • "Insurgencies, Counterinsurgencies, and Civil-Military Relations: When, How, and Why Do Civilians Prevail?" Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 12-15, 2007.
  • "Democratic Control of the Turkish Armed Forces: Rationality, Culture, and Structure." Paper presented at the Middle East and Central Asia: Politics, Economics, and Society Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 8-10, 2005.
  • "The U.S. War in Afghanistan: A Case for Military Innovation." Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 1-5, 2005.

Teaching Experience


Işık University

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Turkish Foreign Policy
  • International Organizations
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Current International Issues
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Politics of Terrorism

University of Notre Dame (Teaching Assistant)

  • United States Foreign Policy
  • Building the European Union
  • War and the Nation-State
  • Building the European Union
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations

Professional Activities

  • Erasmus Coordinator, Department of International Relations, Işık University (2011-present).
  • Participant, Reform Initiatives for Caucasian Security Institutions Workshop, İstanbul, Turkey (June 24-27, 2012).
  • Participant, Security Academy: International Security in the 21st Century, International Relations Council of Turkey, Ilgaz, Turkey (December 18-22, 2009; December 21-25, 2011, December 18-22, 2013).
  • Participant, Institute for Qualitative Research Methods (IQRM), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (January 3-13, 2006).
  • Member, International Relations Council of Turkey.
  • Member, International Studies Association.
  • Member, Midwest Political Science Association.

Honors and Awards

  • TÜBİTAK 3501 Career Grant (The Process of Change in Foreign Policy: The Case of Turkey’s Northern Iraq Policy). Awarded by TÜBİTAK (2014-2016).
  • Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant (Project title: When Battlefield Success Leads to Effective Counterinsurgency: Searching for a Cross-Regional Theory). Awarded by the European Commission (2010-2014).
  • TUBITAK EU-FP7 Participation Incentive Award (2010).
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship. Awarded by the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies (2007-2008 Academic Year).
  • Gil Loescher Teaching Fellowship. Awarded by the Department of Political Science (2007-2008 Academic Year - not used due to alternative fellowship support).
  • Zahm Research Travel Grant (for conducting field research in Peru). Awarded by the University of Notre Dame (Summer 2007).
  • Phillip Moore Dissertation Year Fellowship. Awarded by the Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame (January-May 2007).
  • Graduate Seed Money Grant (for conducting exploratory field research in Turkey). Awarded by the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies (Summer 2006).
  • Striving for Excellence in Teaching Certificate. Awarded by the John A. Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame (May 2006).
  • Graduate Student Summer Research Stipend. Awarded by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame (Summer 2005 - not used due to alternative fellowship support).
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching. Awarded by John A. Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame (March 2005).
  • First rank among all graduates of the bachelor’s degree programs in the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University (June 2002).
  • Dean's High Honor List, Middle East Technical University (1998-2002).
  • One-year undergraduate stipend upon ranking 78th among ca. 1,500,000 examinees in the 1998 University Entrance Examination of Turkey (1998-1999).