International Relations in Turkey: An Evaluation on the Findings of TRIP 2018



Mustafa AYDIN* and Cihan DİZDAROĞLU**


In parallel with the worldwide studies focusing on the International Relations (IR) discipline, there have been works looking into the transformation of the IR discipline in Turkey and its contribution to the global knowledge production. In order to provide sound data for these studies, International Relations Council of Turkey (IRCT) conducted two surveys among the Turkish IR academics in 2007 and 2009, and have been cooperating with the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the College of William and Mary since then on the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) project. The TRIP surveys that aim to understand the epistemological and ontological limits, autonomous character of the IR discipline as well as the theoretical, metodological and pedagocial approaches in which IR scholars used in their teaching and research activities, also help to comprehend the place of the Turkish IR scholars within the global IR discipline. This paper presents Turkey-related findings of the lastest survey, which was simultaneously conducted in 35 different countries between February and July 2018.

Keywords: International Relations, Academic Choices, Scientific Research, Method, Education


* Prof. Dr., Department of International Relations, Kadir Has University

** Dr., MSCA Fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University & Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Kadir Has University. Dr. Dizdaroğlu's research project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 796053.