Şahane Sultan Bedenlier



  • Middle Eastern Politics
  • Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Iaicism, and Islam


  • POLS 429 Issues and Topics in International Relations

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M.A., International Studies, The University of Reading, England (2002)

B.A., Politics and International Relations, The University of Reading, England (2001)


I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Reading, England.

I worked at Geneva Center for Security Policy in Switzerland conducting research on the Mediterranean region and the Middle East; on the Euro-Mediterranean (Barcelona) Process, the Greater Middle East Initiative with its relations to the Bush administration, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the security policy of Ukraine in relation to her candidacy to NATO and her relationship with Russia. I worked on the 2004 NATO Istanbul summit, analyzing the defense spenditure of the US and EU, and NATO’s involvement in the Middle East/Mediterranean and the Balkans. I participated in the Junior Swiss Diplomats course, which has allowed me to get in-depth understanding of the concept of “International Geneva” and the functioning of international organizations. I helped to foster the network between international organizations based in Geneva contributing to an extensive documentation on various organizations for teaching purposes; their history, their impact on security and stability, their diversity and their effectiveness.  

I worked as the Trade and Investment Manager at the British Embassy in Ankara, Turkiye on developing and maintaining senior level contacts in the Turkish public and private sectors. Produced, researched, wrote, and maintained reports on financial and legal sectors, environment, and water.

I was later employed as a foreign policy advisor at the Turkish Parliament and was appointed as a member of the National Executive Committee of People's Ascent Party, founded by Professor Yasar Nuri Ozturk. The party followed the founding principles of Turkiye, led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk; national sovereignty, independence, constitutional democracy, unitary centralized state based on laicism. Working as a political analyst with one of the most eminent and influential professors of the region, who was a staunch supporter of laicism and its compatibility with Quran's Islam has allowed me to further my academic knowledge while acting as a politician. I ran for the Congress in the 2007 Turkish general elections.

I have traveled to more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe

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