Gülnur Aybet, Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, presented a public lecture, “Turkey: Renegotiating the Transatlantic Bargain,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The event was co-sponsored by LISD and Near Eastern Studies. It was free and open to the public.
Aybet’s main area of expertise is European security and its institutions, and the legitimacy of military intervention. Her current research interests are transatlantic relations and the evolution of a western security community, NATO conditionality in the Balkans and Turkish foreign policy. Prior to her appointment at the University of Kent she held academic posts with the Department of Politics at the University of Nottingham, and the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University Ankara. She has also held visiting scholarships at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations, School for Advanced International Studies at John's Hopkins University, and at St Antony's College, Oxford University, where she is also a Senior Associate Member of the College. She was a visiting faculty member at Sabanci University, Istanbul.
Aybet has held grants from the British Academy as well as the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her policy background includes previous posts at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI). She has also given evidence to the House of Commons and Lords Committees on security issues.
She is the author of A European Security Architecture After the Cold War: Questions of Legitimacy (Macmillan, 2000), and The Dynamics of European Security Co-operation, 1945-1991 (Macmillan, 1997, 2001).