Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mesut ÖZCAN
Chairman (acting), Center for Strategic Research (SAM)
Chairman, Diplomacy Academy
Mesut Özcan received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University in 2000 and his M.A. in 2002 from the same institution. He completed his Ph.D at Boğaziçi University Atatürk Institute in 2007. He studied at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University on the Jean Monnet Master Scholarship for one year in 2005-2006.
He worked as a research assistant at Beykent University from 2000 to 2005. Özcan was a visiting scholar at Kuwait University’s Department of Political Science for a short period of time in 2009. He lectured at Istanbul Ticaret University’s Department of International Relations from 2007 to 2011.
Dr. Özcan served at the Center for Strategic Research (SAM) as the Deputy Chairman between 2011 and 2013 and as the Acting Chairman between 2013 and 2014. He was appointed once again as the acting Chairman of SAM by October 2016. He also serves as the Director of Diplomacy Academy.
Özcan is the author of four books: Sorunlu Miras Irak (Istanbul: Küre, 2003); Harmonizing Foreign Policy: Turkey, the EU and the Middle East (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008); Medeniyetler ve Dünya Düzen(ler)i, (with Muzaffer Şenel , Istanbul: Klasik, 2010) and Türkiye’nin Arap Baharı Sonrası Yumuşak Gücünün Etkisi ve Boyutları, (with Talha Köse, Ekrem Karakoç, İstanbul: Avrasya Türk Kültürü Stratejik Araştırmalar Vakfı Yayınları, 2014). He has published articles and book chapters on Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle Eastern Politics and Iraq. He serves in the editorial boards of Insight Turkey, Divan and Perceptions journals.
Serkan Razi, Officer
Serkan Razi received his B.A. in International Relations from the Faculty of Political Science at Ankara University in 2008. He started to work as an officer at SAM in 2012.
Fuat Usluoğlu, Officer
Fuat Usluoğlu received his B.A. in International Relations from Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences in 2010. Beginning to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012, Usluoğlu took office at the Human Resources Department and the Minister’s Cabinet prior to joining SAM in December 2013.