Meliha Benli Altunışık

Meliha Benli Altunışık is a Professor in the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. She is a non-resident fellow in the Middle East Institute, Washington, DC. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in political science from Boston University.  She has written mainly on international relations of the Middle East and Turkey’s foreign policy, including on cusp states, rentier state theory, humanitarian diplomacy, regional powers, regional rivalries and regionalism related to the Middle East and Turkey. Some of her recent publications include: “The trajectory of a modified middle power: an attempt to make sense of Turkey’s foreign policy in its centennial,” Turkish Studies, 2023; “Turkey and the Middle East and North Africa under the AKP: A Three Level Analysis of Foreign Policy Change,” (with Lenore G. Martin), Uluslararası İlişkiler Dergisi, 2023; “Domestic Sources of AKP Foreign Policy: Between Ideology and Pragmatism,” In: B. Özkececi-Taner and S. Açıkmeşe (eds) One Hundred Years of Turkish Foreign Policy (1923-2023): Historical and Theoretical Reflections, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023.