Pınar Bilgin


Pınar Bilgin


Department of International Relations
Bilkent University
06800 Bilkent, Ankara




+90 312 290 2164


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Pinar Bilgin specializes in critical approaches to Security Studies. She is the author of Regional Security in the Middle East: a Critical Perspective (Routledge, 2005). Her articles have appeared in Political Geography, European Journal of Political Research, Third World Quarterly, International Relations, Security Dialogue, Foreign Policy Analysis and Geopolitics among others. She is a member of the ‘Young Scientist Scheme’ (GEBİP) of Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA, 2008) and an Associate Editor of Security Dialogue. She received the Young Scientists Incentive Award of the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) in 2009. She is currently the President of Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA), Vice-Chair/Program Chair of the International Political Sociology Section (IPS) of the International Studies Association (ISA), and a Member of the Steering Committee of Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). She has served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences (2002-2006 and 2007-present) and Chair of the Department of International Relations (2010-present). She is a member of ISA and CEEISA.


  • BSc. International Relations – Middle East Technical University, Ankara
  • MA. International Relations – Bilkent University, Ankara
  • MSc. Strategic Studies – University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • Ph.D. International Politics – University of Wales, Aberystwyth


‘Güvenlik İkilemi ve Düzensiz Göç: Avrupa Birliği Güvenlik Politikaları ve Türkiye’ye Yansımaları’, research project funded by TÜBİTAK, 2011-2012

‘Converging and conflicting ethical values in the internal and external security continuum in Europe (INEX),’ Workpackage on the Mediterranean neigbours of a research project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, 2008-2011

Selected Publications:

    Journal Papers

  • Bilgin, P. (2012). "Civilization, Dialogue, Security: The Challenge of Post-Secularism and the Limits of Civilizational Dialogue", Review of International Studies, v.38(5) (forthcoming)

  • Bilgin, P., Bilgiç, A. (2012). "Turkey and EU/rope: Discourses of Inspiration /Anxiety in Turkey's Foreign Policy", Review of European Studies, v.4(3) p.111-124

  • Bilgin, P., Bilgiç, A. (2011). "Turkey’s ‘New’ Foreign Policy toward Eurasia?", Eurasian Geography and Economics, v.52(2) p.173-195

  • Bilgin, P. (2010). "Looking for ‘the international’ beyond the West", Third World Quarterly, v.31(5) p.817-828

  • Bilgin, P. (2010). "Western-centrism’ of Security Studies: ‘Blind Spot’ or Constitutive Practice? ", Security Dialogue, v.41(6)

  • Bilgin, P., Coş, K. (2009). "Stalin’s Demands’: Constructions of the ‘Soviet Other’ in Turkey’s Foreign Policy, 1919-1945,” ", Foreign Policy Analysis, v.6 p.43-60

  • Bilgin, P. (2009). "The International Political ‘Sociology of a not so International Discipline", International Political Sociology, v.3(3) p.338-342

  • Bilgin, P., Tanrısever, O. (2009). "A Telling Story of IR in the Periphery: Telling Turkey About the World Telling the World About Turkey", Journal of International Relations and Development, v.12(2) p.174-179

  • Bilgin, P. (2009). "Securing Turkey through Western-oriented foreign policy", New Perspectives on Turkey (special issue on Turkish foreign policy), v.40 p.105-125

  • Bilgin, P. (2008). "The Securityness of Secularism? The Case of Turkey", Security Dialogue, v.39(6) p.593-614

  • Bilgin, P. (2008). "Thinking Past ‘Western’ IR? (lead article) reprinted in Approaches to International Relations (four-volume set), Stephan Chan & Cerwyn Moore, eds. London: Sage.", Third World Quarterly, v.29(1) p.5-23

  • Bilgin, P. (2007). "Only Strong States Can Survive in Turkey’s Geography: The Uses of ‘Geopolitical Truths’ in Turkey (lead article) ", , v.26 p.740-756

  • Bilgin, P. (2007). "Making Turkey’s Transformation Possible: Hijacking ‘Security-speak’—not Desecuritization!", Under review by Journal of Southeastern Europe and Black Sea Studies, v.7(4) p.555-571

  • Bilgin, P. (2006). "What Future for Middle Eastern Studies? ", Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Future Studies, , v.38 p.575-585

  • Bilgin, P., Yılmaz, E. (2006). "Constructing Turkey’s ‘Western’ Identity during the Cold War: Discourses of the ‘Intellectuals of Statecraft", International Journal, v.LXI(1) p.39-59

  • Book Chapters

  • Bilgin, P. (2019). "Worlding Conflict Resolution and Mediation Expertise: In the 'Global South", Assembling Exclusive Expertise: Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South", , A. Leander, O. Weaver (Eds.), 77-92. London: Routledge

  • Bilgin, P. (2012). "Security in the Arab World and Turkey: Differently Different”, in Thinking International Relations Differently, Arlene B. Tickner and David L. Blaney (eds.) ", pp 27-47, London and New York: Routledge

  • Bilgin, P. (2012). "The Continuing Appeal of Critical Security Studies" in Critical Theory in International Relations and Security Studies: Interviews and Reflections, Shannon Brincat, Laura Lima, and Joao Nunes (eds)", pp 159-170, London and New York: Routledge

  • Bilgin, P. (2012). "Turkey's 'Geopolitics Dogma'", in The Return of Geopolitics in Europe? Social Mechanisms and Foreign Policy Identity Crises, Stefano Guzzini (ed)", pp 151-173, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press