I received my PhD in December 2008 from the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, with political science as a minor. I teach at the International Relations Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. I also teach and chair the Eurasian Studies Department of METU. I was a visiting scholar at the Davis Center, Harvard University, in the 2016-17 academic year. I am a British Academy Newton Fellow.
My research interests cover the former Soviet region, peace and conflict studies, as well as migration and diaspora studies. I have published in journals such as International Migration, Central Asian Survey, Nationalities Papers, and International Political Science Review.
Increasing inequality at global and local levels is affecting us as a whole, even if we are not directly exposed to these problems in some relatively prosperous parts of the world.
Yet, what we miss is that we can cannot feel entirely in peace in the literal and figurative sense as long as other parts of the community suffer.
Being a woman helps me, sometimes in powerful ways, to understand these challenges better, particularly for more vulnerable populations such as women and children. As a female scholar who grew up and spent most of her adult life in Turkey, having studied and lived in the West with an academic regional focus in the former Soviet space has contributed to my understanding that many problems are common everywhere, albeit in different ways. They have mostly socio-political-cultural roots; in addition, these stem from difficulties in empathizing with others and a lack of a negotiation culture at individual and collective levels.
The aim of this platform is to share my views on things that relate to us.
This project aims to explore and analyze the transformative role of the Cypriot diaspora in Britain in building peace in Cyprus. This will be done through archival research collection, qualitative interviews and the first large-n survey to be conducted among Cypriots in Britain.
It introduces the first collaborative research program focusing on the Greek and Turkish Cypriot diaspora and proposes a series of activities to study and encourage its positive engagement and inclusion in the current peace talks.
An estimated quarter of the Cyprus population lives as diaspora in Britain. These communities engage in activities, which insinuate their desire to be involved in homeland politics. Yet, so far, there has been little effort to study diaspora perceptions of conflict or to engage their community organizations into the ongoing peace process.
The project will also result in closer collaboration between Turkish, Greek, British and Cypriot researchers, aiming in particular to draw knowledge and training from the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) at the University of Kent.
At the policy level, the project will engage with UN mediators in Cyprus, potential donors, and UK-based investors invited to attend high-level meetings with the diaspora in the United Kingdom.
The project is funded by the British Academy.
For more information, please visit the project website.
March 29th 2021, Medyascope, Işın Eliçin
Dünyanın en büyük iki ekonomisi, ABD ve Çin arasındaki rekabetin sertleştiği bir dönemde, Çin Dışişleri Bakanı Vang Yi, Suudi Arabistan, İran, Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri, Bahreyn ve Umman’ı da kapsayan gezisinde Türkiye’yi de ziyaret etti. Ankara ve Pekin arasındaki ekonomik ve politik ilişkileri ve Türkiye’deki Uygurların bu ziyaretle ilgili endişelerini Liverpool Üniversitesi Çin Kampüsü Çin Çalışmaları Bölümü’nden Ceren Ergenç ve ODTÜ Avrasya Çalışmaları Bölüm Başkanı Işık Kuşçu ile konuştuk.
Avrupa Uygur Enstitüsü başkanı sosyolog Dr. Dilnur Reyhan, ODTÜ Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü öğretim üyesi Doç.Dr. Işık Kuşçu-Bonnenfant ve Indiana Üniversitesi Merkezi Avrasya Çalışmaları ve Antropoloji bölümleri doktora adayı Aybike Şeyma Tezel, Ali Tirali moderatörlüğünde tüm yönleriyle Uygur halkını ve mücadelesini konuştu.
February 3rd 2021, Res Nullius Academia, Züleyha Yelken
Bugün sevgili Işık ile barış ve çatışma kavramlarını genel hatları ile ülkemizde yaşanan güncel Boğaziçi Üniversitesi meseleleri üzerinden ele aldık. İzlenmesi, dinlenmesi temennisiyle.
January 28th 2021, Medyascope, Gülçin Karabağ
Gülçin Karabağ, konuğu Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (ODTÜ) İktisadi ve İdari Bilimler Fakültesi (İİBF) Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi Doç. Dr. Işık Kuşçu Bonnenfant ile Uygurlar özelinde Türkiye-Çin ilişkilerini değerlendirdi.
EURASIA TALKS seminar series, is organized by the Area Studies Program of Karabük University and the Eurasian Studies Program of Middle East Technical University, and supported by
Dünyanın Ortası, a website and a podcast channel dedicated to the former Eastern Blok space.
The EURASIA TALKS is a scholarly platform bringing together scholars, students, and other individuals
interested in research on history, society, culture, economy, and politics of the Eurasian region