Selver B. Åžahin

Assistant Professor

Selver B. Åžahin


Department of International Relations
Bilkent University
06800 Bilkent Ankara




+90 312 2902252


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Selver’s research is focused on the forms and outcomes of contemporary international interventions in conflict-affected countries. She examines the dynamics of international involvement in the construction of institutional capacities in terms of their effects on political and social power structures in intervened states. She has carried out field studies in East Timor, Kosovo, Indonesia and Macedonia both independently and as part of a research team, and published the results of her research work in scholarly journals. Selver is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. Her sole-authored book exploring the effects of contemporary state-building interventions has recently been published by Routledge. She is currently working on a TUBITAK-funded project on the political, economic, ecological and cultural dimensions of sustainable peace-building in Kosovo and Macedonia.


  • M.Sc. International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Ph.D Political Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Post-doctoral research fellowship, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia

Selected Publications:

    Journal Papers

  • Åžahin, S. (2016). "The rhetoric and practice of the ‘ownership’ of security sector reform processes in fragile countries: the case of Kosovo", International Peacekeeping
    Abstract | DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2016.1196107

  • Åžahin, S. (2014). "Timor-Leste’s foreign policy: Securing state identity in the post-independence period", Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, v.33 p.3-25

  • Åžahin, S., Feaver, D. (2013). "The politics of security sector reform in ‘fragile’ or ‘post-conflict’ settings: A critical review of the experience in Timor-Leste", Democratization, v.20(6) p.1056-1080

  • Åžahin, S. (2013). "How exception became the norm: Normalising intervention as an exercise in risk management in Kosovo", Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, v.15 p.17-36

  • Åžahin, S., Lewis, B., Jeff, L. (2012). "Fractured futures: Indonesian political reform and West Timorese manganese mining", Global Change, Peace & Security, v.24 p.289-304

  • Åžahin, S. (2012). "Timor-Leste in 2011: A more confident or overconfident foreign policy actor?", Southeast Asian Affairs p.341-358

  • Åžahin, S. (2011). "Building the nation in Timor-Leste and its implications for the country’s democratic development", Australian Journal of International Affairs, v.65(2) p.220-242

  • Åžahin, S. (2010). "Timor-Leste in 2009: Marking ten years of independence or dependence on international ‘assistance'?", Southeast Asian Affairs p.345-364

  • Åžahin, S. (2009). "The use of the ‘exceptionalism’ argument in Kosovo: An analysis of the rationalization of external interference in the conflict", Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, v.11(3) p.235-255

  • Åžahin, S. (2007). "Building the state in Timor-Leste", Asian Survey, v.47(2) p.250-267

  • Books

  • Åžahin, S. (2015). "International intervention and state-Making: How exception became the norm", London and New York: Routledge

  • Book Chapters

  • Åžahin, S. (2011). "The rising politics of ‘emergencies’ in the global age: A critical reflection on the governance of (in)security in Australia, A. Babacan and H. Tahiri (eds.), Counter-terrorism and social cohesion,", 41-59, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

  • Åžahin, S. (2008). "The limits of democratisation from the outside: The recent experience of Timor-Leste, Alec Thornton and Andrew McGregor (eds), Southern perspectives on development: Dialogue or division?", 457-466, Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago