Dr. Ufuk Ulutaş, Chairman

Ufuk Ulutaş received his B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University and his M.A. in Middle Eastern History from The Ohio State University. He completed his Ph.D. in International Relations at Ankara YBU. He studied Hebrew and Middle Eastern politics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He worked at the Ohio State University between 2002-2010 as a research/teaching assistant at the Department of History; as the Samuel M. Melton Fellow as well as George M. & Renée K. Levine Fellow at the Melton Center for Jewish Studies; and as a research assistant at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

He taught World History at The Ohio State University between 2006 and 2009. Dr. Ulutaş served as the Middle East Program Coordinator at SETA Foundation’s Washington D.C. office, and as a founding board member at the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute for Policy Studies. He worked at the SETA Foundation in Ankara as the Director of Foreign Policy Studies and lectured at the Social Sciences University of Ankara’s Department of International Relations as an assistant professor. He is currently the Chairman of the Center for Strategic Research (SAM) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He authored many books, book chapters, articles and policy-oriented reports on Middle Eastern history and politics, Israel and Jewish history, Turkish foreign policy and US policy in the Middle East. He is the author, most recently, of “The State of Savagery: ISIS in Syria” and serving on the editorial board of the Perceptions journal. His academic interests include Syria, Palestine, Israel and violent non-state actors in the Middle East.

Semih Erkan, Second Secretary

Semih Erkan received his bachelor’s degree from Yıldız Technical University, Statistics Department in 2006, received his master’s degree from Georgia Southern University, Mathematics Department in 2009. Erkan began his diplomatic career at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2011. He worked in Human Resources Department and posted at the Turkish Embassy in Kuwait between 2013-2018 as Attaché and Third Secretary. He has started working in SAM as Second Secretary in 2018.

Ahmet Servet Çiçek, MFA Expert

Ahmet Servet Çiçek received his B.A. in English Language Teaching at Middle East Technical University in 2007. He did his M.A in Educational Technologies at Gazi University in 2012. He is now a PhD candidate of International Relations. In respect to his career at MFA, he worked as assistant expert at Human Resources Department between 2013 and 2017, then was promoted as expert and started to work at SAM. He has interest in the subject of identity in International relations and the field of diplomacy.

Şeref Kale, Expert

Şeref Kale graduated from Ankara Vocational High School, Department of Community Health  in 1979. He took office at the Directorate General for Information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978. Kale worked as assistant attaché at the Embassy of Beirut between 1995 and 1998. He has been working at the Center for Strategic Research since 2017.

 Mustafa Şenol, Expert

Mustafa Şenol received his associate’s degree in business administration from Kırıkkale Vocational School of Ankara University in 1985 and bachelor’s degree from Anadolu University, Faculty of Business Administration in 2009. At the beginning of his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988, Şenol took office as typewriter at the Cabinet of the Minister. He worked in Turkish Embassy in Amman as a contracted secretary on consular affairs between 1992 and 2004. He returned to the capital service in MFA and worked at the Deputy Directorate General for Protocol as computer operator in 2005. He served as an expert at the Directorate of Information Technologies between 2006 and 2012. He worked as assistant attaché at the Consulate General of Alexandria between 2012-2015. He has been working at the Center for Strategic Research since 2016.

Serkan Razi, Officer

serkan_raziSerkan 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

fuatFuat 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.