Birol A. Yeşilada

Name: Birol Yesilada
Academic Title: Professor & Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair
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Birol A. Yeşilada is professor of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University (PSU). He is a member of the Board of TransResearch Consortium and holder of the endowed chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He is the Director of the Center for Turkish Studies as well as Director of the Middle East Studies Center of PSU. He came to PSU in September 1998 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was Chair of the Department of Political Science.
Dr. Yeşilada received his B.A. degree in 1977 in Neurobiology from the University of California at Berkeley, his M.A. in Political Science in 1979 from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1984 from the University of Michigan.

His current research interests include: Global power transition, PI for the World Values Survey (Cyprus), the European Union, political and economic development of Turkey, radical Islam and terrorism, the Cyprus negotiations and international conflict resolution, and politics of economic reform in the emerging markets. His recent publications include several books, latest EU-Turkey Relations in the 21st Century, Islamization of Turkey Under the AKP Rule, The Emerging European Union and over 30 articles and book chapters. His is the former co-editor-in-chief of International Studies Perspectives and former Associate editor of Middle East Studies Association Bulletin.

Dr. Yeşilada has been an invited policy consultant at various Departments of the US government, the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the RAND Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Nathan Associates, Barclays Capital, the World Bank, and is an Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council. He was invited by the White House to take part in a panel study at the RAND Corporation on “Politics and Islam in the New Constitution of Afghanistan” as part of the commission that drafted the new Constitution of that country.

Dr. Yesilada received numerous awards and grants including the Fulbright fellowship and a grant from the Joint Committee on the Middle East of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council. At the University of Missouri, he received a campus-wide William T. Kemper Fellowship in Teaching Excellence in 1996. He is the past-president of the Rotary Club of Tigard, Oregon and president of the Rotary Club of Tigard Foundation, past chair of New Generations Committee and co-chair of District 5100 Peace Conference (2012) and is co-Chair of the Peacebuilder Clubs Committee.


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