Meltem Müftüler Baç

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Title : Faculty Member
Education : Ph.D in International Relations, Temple University 1992

M.A in International Relations, Temple University 1989

B.A. in Political Science and International relations, Boğaziçi University 1988.
Work Experience : Sabancı University, Faculty Member. 2002-present (Prof.Dr)

University of Chicago, Visiting Scholar,1999-2000

Bilkent University, Faculty member.1992-2002(Asst.& Associate

Temple University, Instructor,1989-1992
Areas of Interest : International Relations Theory, Politics of European integration, Turkey's relations with the EU.

Awards :
  • University of Stockholm Affiliated Scholar - University of Stockholm  2013
  • Council of Europe, leader for Task Force on Wider Europe - Council of Europe  2012
  • Jean Monnet Center for Excellence - European Commission  2011
  • Teaching Excellence Award - FASS  2011
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Standing Group on the EU, ECPR - European Consortium for Political research  2009
  • Jean Monnet Chair ad personam - European Commission  2004
  • Distinquished Young Scientist Award - TUBA-Turkish Academy of Sciences  2003
  • Young Investigator Award - TUBA-Turkish Academy of Sciences  2002
  • Fulbright Post-Doctoral Award - Fulbright Commission  1999
Memberships : International Studies Association

American Political Science Association

British International Studies Association

European Union Studies Association

Publications :
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2019) "Backsliding in judicial reforms: domestic political costs as limits to EU's political conditionality in Turkey", Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol.27, No.1, 61-76 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2018) "Remolding the Turkey-EU relationship", Turkish Policy Quarterly, Vol.17, No.1, 119-128 (ESCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2018) "Turkey, the European Union and alternative futures after Brexit", Discover Society (NA)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2017) "Turkey's future with the European Union: an alternative model of differentiated integration", Turkish Studies, Vol.18, No.3, 416-438 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Çiçek, Aylin Ece (2017) "A comparison of the European Union's accession negotiations with Bulgaria and Turkey: the role of bilateral issues", Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol.25, No.2, 180-196 (ESCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2017) "Assessing Turkey's foreign policy choices towards the European Union", Insight Turkey, Vol.19, No.1, 117-134 (NA)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2016) "Turkey's ambivalent relationship with the European Union: to accede or not to accede", Uluslararasi İlişkiler Dergisi, Vol.13, No.52, 89-103 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2016) "The Pandora's box: democratization and rule of law in Turkey", Asia Europe Journal, Vol.14, No.1, 61-77 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Suleymanoglu Kurum, Rahime (2015) "Deliberations in the Turkish Parliament: the external perceptions of European foreign policy", Journal of Language and Politics, Vol.14, No.2, 258-284 (SSCI)
Hatipoğlu, Emre and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Murphy, Teri Lynne (2014) "Simulation games in teaching international relations: insights from a multi-day, multi-stage, multi-issue simulation on Cyprus", International Studies Perspectives, Vol.15, No.4, 394-406 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2014) "Changing Turkish foreign policy towards Iraq: new tools of engagement", Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol.27, No.3, 538-552 (SSCI)
Tağma, Halit Mustafa Emin and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Uzun, Ezgi (2013) "The path to an entrenching alliance: utilitarianism and historical institutionalism in committing to NATO's missile defense system", Uluslararasi İlişkiler Dergisi, Vol.9, No.36, 75-100 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Keyman, Fuat (2012) "The era of dominant-party politics", Journal of Democracy, Vol.23, No.1, 85-99 (SSCI)
Kıbrıs, Arzu and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2011) "The accession games: a comparison of three limited-information negotiation designs", International Studies Perspectives, Vol.12, No.4, 399-427 (SSCI)
Onar, Nora Fisher and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2011) "The adultery and the headscarf debates in Turkey: fusing "EU-niversal" and "alternative" modernities?", Women's Studies International Forum, Vol.34, No.5, 378-389 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Başkan, Deniz (2011) "The future of energy security for Europe: Turkey's role as an energy corridor", Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.47, No.2, 361-378 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2011) "Turkish foreign policy, its domestic determinants and the role of the European Union", South European Society and Politics (Sp. Iss. SI), Vol.16, No.2, 279-291 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Gürsoy, Yaprak (2010) "Is there a Europeanization of Turkish foreign policy?: an addendum to the literature on EU candidates", Turkish Studies, Vol.11, No.3, 405-427 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2008) "Turkey’s accession to the European Union: The impact of the EU’s internal dynamics", International Studies Perspectives, Vol.9, No.2, 201-219 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2008) "The European Union's Accession Negotiations with Turkey from a foreign policy perspective", Journal of European Integration, Vol.30, No.1, 63-78 (OTHER)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2008) "Turkey and the European Union’s political conditionality", EUSA Review, Vol.21, No.1, 6-7 (NA)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Taşkın, Evrim (2007) "The European Union's enlargement: does culture and identity play a role?", Ankara Review for European Studies, Vol.6, No.2, 31-50 (NA)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2007) "Information societies, new terrorism: its impact on international politics", Review of international law and politics, Vol.3, No.9, 130-138 (OTHER)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2006) "Turkey and the USA at cross roads: the impact of the war in Iraq", International Journal, Vol.61, No.1, 61-82 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2005) "Turkey's political reforms: the impact of the European Union", Southeast European Politics and Societies, Vol.10, No.1, 16-30 (OTHER)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Güney, Aylin (2005) "The European Union and the Cyprus problem 1961-2003", Middle Eastern studies, Vol.41, No.2, 281-293 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2004) "Turkey's accession to the European Union: institutional and security challenges", Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs, Vol.9, No.Autumn, 29-44 (OTHER)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2004) "The new face of Turkey: the domestic and foreign policy implications of November 2002 elections", East European Quarterly, Vol.37, No.4, 421-438 (SSCI)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2003) "Turkish political science and European integration", Journal of European public policy, Vol.10, No.4, 655-663 (SSCI)
McLaren, Lauren M. and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2003) "Turkish Parliamentarians' Perspectives on Turkey's Relations with the European Union", Turkish Studies, Vol.4, No.1, 195-218 (OTHER)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and McLaren, Lauren M. (2003) "Enlargement preferences and policy making in the EU: impacts on Turkey", Journal of European Integration, Vol.25, No.1, 17-30 (OTHER)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2002) "Turkey in the EU’s enlargement process: obstacles and challenges", Mediterranean Politics, Vol.7, No.2, 79-95 (OTHER)
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, Divergent pathways: Turkey and the European Union: re-thinking the dynamics of Turkish-European Union relations, Leverkusen Opladen, Germany: Verlag Barbara Budrich, January 2016
Global Turkey in Europe III: democracy, trade, and the Kurdish question in Turkey-EU relations, Aydın-Düzgit, Senem and Huber, Daniela and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Keyman, E.Fuat and Schwarz, Michael and Tocci, Nathalie (eds.), Rome: Nuova Cultura, June 2015
Global Turkey in Europe II: energy, migration, civil society and citizenship issues in Turkey-EU relations, Aydın-Düzgit, Senem and Huber, Daniela and Müftüler-Baç , Meltem and Keyman, Fuat and Tasci, Jan and Tocci, Nathalie (eds.), Rome: Nuova Cultura, April 2014
Turkey-European Union relations: dilemmas, opportunities, and constraints, Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Stivachtis, Yannis A. (eds.), Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, May 2008
Book Section / Chapter
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Enlarging the European Union: member state preferences and institutional dynamics", Foreign Policies of EU Member States: Continuity and Europeanisation, Hadfield, Amelia and Manners, Ian and Whitman, Richard G. (eds.), London: Routledge, July 2017, 148-162
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Keyman, Fuat, "Turkey's unconsolidated democracy: the nexus between democratisation and majoritarianism in Turkey", Global Turkey in Europe III: Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU Relations, Aydın-Düzgit, Senem and Huber, Daniela and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Keyman, Fuat and Tocci, Nathalie (eds.), Roma: Nuova Cultura, June 2015, 121-129
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Görgülü, Aybars, "Turkey and the European Union: partners in foreign policy cooperation in the South Caucasus", New Approaches to EU Foreign Policy, Wilga, Maciej and Karolewski, Ireneusz Pawel (eds.), New York: Routledge, May 2014, 222-239
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Conclusions: the future of Europe, differentiated integration and Turkey's role", Global Turkey in Europe II: Energy, Migration, Civil Society and Citizenship Issues in Turkey-EU Relations, Aydın-Düzgit, Senem and Huber, Daniela and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Keyman, Fuat and Tasci, Jan and Tocci, Nathalie (eds.), Rome, Italy: IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali), April 2014, 215-220
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Turkish foreign policy, its domestic determinants and the role of the European Union", Turkey and the EU: Accession and Reform, Avcı, Gamze and Çarkoğlu, Ali (eds.), London: Routledge 2013, 71-83
Fisher, Nora Elizabeth and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Turkey in cosmopolis? Turkish elite perceptions of the European project", Collective Identity and Democracy in the Enlarging Europe, Gora, Magdalena and Mach, Zdzislaw and Zielinska, Katarzyna (eds.), Brussels: Peter Lang, March 2012, 51-69
Fisher-Onar, Nora Elizabeth and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Turkey in cosmopolis? Turkish elite perceptions of the European project", Collective Identity and Democracy: The impact of EU Enlargement, Gora, Magdalena and Mach, Zdzislaw (eds.), Oslo, Norway: Arena (Centre for European Studies) 2012, 127-154
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Avrupa Birliği genişleme süreci: Türkiye-AB ilişkilerine kuramsal bir yaklaşım", Türkiye AB İlişkileri: Beklentiler ve Kaygılar, Esen, Oğuz and Başkan, Filiz (eds.), Ankara: Eflatun Yayınları, September 2009, 21-32
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "The European Union's accession negotiations with Turkey from a foreign policy perspective", The Future of European Foreign Policy, Jones, Erik and Van Genugten, Saskia (eds.), London: Routledge, April 2009, 60-76
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "The European Union's legitimacy crisis and the final frontiers of Europe", European Integration from Rome to Berlin, 1957-2007: History, Law and Politics, Baquera Cruz, Julio and Closa Montero, Carlos (eds.), Bruxelles, Belgium: P.I.E. Peter Lang, March 2009, 263-280
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Information societies, new terrorism: its impact on international politics ", USAK Yearbook of International Politics and Law, Laçiner, Sedat and Özcan , Mehmet and Bal, İhsan and Bahar, Halil İbrahim (eds.), Ankara: USAK (Uluslararası Stratejik Araştırmalar Kurumu), November 2008, 1-10
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Turkey’s accession negotiations with the European Union: the long path ahead", Turkey-European Union Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities, and Constraints, Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Stivachtis, Yannis A. (eds.), Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books, May 2008, 115-133
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem , "The European Union and the 2nd pillar integration: the common foreign and security policy", The State of European Integration, Stivachtis, Yannis A. (ed.), England: Ashgate, December 2007, 3-18
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Turkey’s accession to the EU: its potential impact on common European security and defence policy", Turkey and European Security, Gasparini, Giovanni (ed.), Rome, Italy: Quaderni, IAI, February 2007, 13-29
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "The institutional and theoretical implications of the enlargement on Turkey's accession to the European Union", D'Un Elargissement A L'Autre, La Turquie et les Autres Candidats, Verez, Jean-Claude (ed.), Paris : L'Harmattan, July 2005, 149-163
McLaren, Lauren M. and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Turkish parliamentarians' perspectives on Turkey's relations with the European Union ", Turkey and the European Union: Domestic Politics, Economic Integration, and International Dynamics, Çarkoğlu, Ali and Rubin, Barry (eds.), London: Frank Cass, April 2003, 195-219
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Turkey and European security", Towards a European Security and Defense Policy, Positions, Perceptions, Problems, Perspectives, Ehrhart, Hans-Georg (ed.), Baden, Germany: Nomos Verlagsanstalt , March 2002, 206-216
Papers in Conference Proceedings
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Backsliding in Turkey: the role of judicial independence", 2017 APSA Annual Meeting, APSA (American Political Science Association), September 2017
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Kıbrıs, Arzu, "The European Union's role in transatlantic relations: a coherent body or disjointed partner for the USA", International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Arizona, USA: International Studies Association, April 2013
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "Turkish foreign policy challenges: reconciling security interests in Europe and the Middle East", International Studies Association, 53rd Annual Conference, Arizona: International Studies Association, March 2012
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "The European Union, Turkey and the security dimension", Extra Europa Symposium, Linz Austria: XING, March 2009, 46-47
Gürsoy, Yaprak and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "The EU’s common foreign, security and defense policies and the Turkish perceptions", The Annual Meeting of the ISA's 49th Annual Convention, Bridging Multiple Divides, San Francisco, CA, USA: International Studies Association (ISA), March 2008
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "The European Union's legitimacy crisis: its impact on Turkey's accession", Beyond Homogeneity, CEU, Budapest: Central European University, May 2006, 85-93
Working Paper / Technical Report
Demirsu Dı Bıase, İpek and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "The Turkish-EU cooperation on the refugee crisis: the Turkish perceptions in the parliamentary debates", August 2017, Sabancı University ID:Working Paper No. 07
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem, "The European Union enlargement: a preliminary look into external and internal scope conditions", November 2015
Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Çiçek, Aylin Ece, "A comparative analysis of the European Union's accession negotiations for Bulgaria and Turkey: who gets in, when and how?", April 2015
Hatipoğlu, Emre and Müftüler-Baç, Meltem and Karakoç, Ekrem, "Explaining variation in public support to Turkey's EU accession: Turco-scepticism in Europe", July 2014
SU Öncesi Yayınları:

BOOK: Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Türkiye ve Avrupa Birliği; Soğuk Savaş sonrası İlişkiler, Istanbul, Alfa yayınlari ,2001

Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Gulnur Aybet, 'Transformations in Security and Identity after the Cold War: Turkey’s problematic relationship with Europe', International Journal, vol.55, no.4, Autumn 2000,567-582.(SSCI)

Meltem Müftüler-Baç,'Turkey’s role in the European Union’s Security and Foreign Policies', Security Dialogue, vol.31, no.4, December 2000, 489-502. (SSCI)

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'The Impact of the European Union on Turkish Politics', East European Quarterly, vol.XXXIV (34),no.2, June 2000, 159-179. (SSCI)

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'Through the Looking Glass: Turkey in Europe', Turkish Studies, vol.1, no.1, Spring 2000, 21-35.

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'Turkish Women’s Predicament', Women Studies International Forum, vol.22, no.3, July 1999,  303-316.(SSCI)  

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'The Cyprus Debacle: What the Future holds',Futures, vol.31, July 1999, 559-575.  (SSCI) 

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'Turkey's New vocation', Journal of South East Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, vol.22, no.3, Spring 1999, 1-15.

Meltem Müftüler-Baç , 'Negotiating Kurdish Separatism in Turkey', in Theory and Practice in Ethnic Conflict Management, edited by Marc Ross and Jay Rothman, United Kingdom, Macmillan Press, 1999, pp.103-119.

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'The Never-Ending Story: Turkey and the European Union', Middle Eastern Studies, vol.34, no.4,October        1998, 240-258. (SSCI)

MONOGRAPH Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Turkey and Israel: An evolving partnership, Ariel Center for Policy Research, Tel Aviv, Policy Paper no.47, 1998.

BOOK: Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Turkey's Relations with a Changing Europe. Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester University Press, 1997.

Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Müberra Yüksel, 'Turkey: A Middle Power in the New Order', Niche Diplomacy, Middle Powers after  the Cold War,edited by Andrew Cooper, Series in 'Studies in Diplomacy', United Kingdom, Macmillan Press,   pp.184-197, 1997.

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'Turkey: A New Player in Middle Eastern Politics', Mediterranean Quarterly, vol.6, no.4, Fall 1995, 110-120.

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'Turkey's Predicament in the Post-Cold War Era', Futures, vol.28, no.3, April 1996, 255-268.(SSCI)

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'Turkish Economic Liberalization and the European Community', Middle Eastern Studies, vol.31, no.1, January 1995, 85-98. (SSCI)

Meltem Müftüler-Baç,   'İsrail-Filistin Barışının Türkiye ve Bölge Ekonomileri üzerine etkisi' (The Impact of Israel-Palestinian Peace Accords on Turkish and Regional Economies), coauthored with Serdar Sayan, Ekonomik Yaklasim, vol.4, no.11, Winter 1994, pp.15-27.

Meltem Müftüler-Baç, 'Turkey and the European Community: An Uneasy Relationship', Turkish Review, A Quarterly Digest, Vol.8, no.34, Autumn 1993, 31-41.