Dr. Sait Akşit is an Associate Professor of International Relations. He received his BSc degree from the European Business Management School in the University of Wales, Swansea and his MSc and PhD degrees in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University. He previously worked as a research assistant at the Department of International Relations and as a post-doctoral researcher and project manager at the Center for European Studies of the Middle East Technical University. He also spent a year at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy as a doctoral researcher. His fields of research and teaching include Turkey-EU relations, EU enlargement, IPE, transformations in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and Cyprus.
His publications include: “Domestic Politics and Perceptions of Turkey-EU Relations” (in: Annette Freyberg-Inan, Mehmet Bardakci, Olaf Leiße (Hrsg.) Growing Together, Growing Apart: Turkey and the European Union Today, Baden-Baden, Nomos, pp. 55 – 72; co-authored with Özgehan Şenyuva); “The Turkish Cypriot Presidential Election of April 2010: Normalisation of Politics” (South European Society and Politics, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2012, pp. 175-194); Kriz Sarmalında Bosna-Hersek: “Devlet Krizi” (Cycles of Crises in Bosnia Herzegovina: the State Crisis), (Boğaziçi University-TUSİAD Foreign Policy Forum Research Report, İstanbul, Turkey, 2012; co-authored with Mustafa Türkeş, İnan Rüma, and Arıkan Açar,); “The Turkish Parliamentary Elite and the EU: Mapping Attitudes towards the European Union” (South European Society and Politics, Vol. 16 No. 3, 2011, pp. 395-407; co-authored with Özgehan Şenyuva and Işık Gürleyen); Turkey Watch: EU Member States’ Perceptions On Turkey’s Accession to the EU (Ankara, Zeplin İletişim, 2009; co-edited with Özgehan Şenyuva and Çiğdem Üstün); “The Influence of Turkish Military Forces on Political Agenda-Setting in Turkey, Analysed on the Basis of the Cyprus Question”, (Briefing Paper prepared for the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, 18 February 2008; co-authored with Costas Melakopides).