Pınar İpek

Assistant Professor

Pınar İpek


Department of International Relations
Bilkent University
06800 Bilkent, Ankara




+90 312 2901463


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Before joining to Bilkent University, Dr. Ipek was a faculty member at University Pittsburgh in 2004. Her research interests include energy security, security and development, state transformation in post conflict states, and political economy of oil and gas in Central Asia and Caucasus. Her current research is on (i) challenges to integration in EU internal energy market by focusing on the interaction between divergent firm preferences, national institutions and the process of preference change at domestic and EU level; and (ii) the role of oil and gas resources in post conflict state transformation in Iraq. Her articles are published in scholarly journals such as Foreign Policy Analysis, European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Middle East Journal, Europe-Asia Studies, and Middle East Policy. She conducted field research in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan and was a visiting scholar of an NGO (Civic Education Project) program in the Central Asian region. She was short-term international election observer as part of the election observation missions of OSCE in Azerbaijan in 2005 and 2008, and Georgia in 2008 in addition to the UN technical assistance mission to Iraq elections in 2009 and 2010. Her hobbies include outdoor sports, photography, and tango.


  • B.A. Faculty of Political Science, Department of International Relations, Ankara University
  • MBA Eberly College of Business, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. Gradute School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh