Selver B. ┼×ahin

Assistant Professor

Selver B. ┼×ahin


Department of International Relations
Bilkent University
06800 Bilkent Ankara




+90 312 2902252


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Selver joined the department in September 2013, having studied, worked and lived in New Zealand and Australia for almost ten years. Her research is focused on the forms and outcomes of internationally-supported governance capacity development policy frameworks in fragile and conflict-affected countries. She examines the dynamics of governance reform implementation in terms of their effects on underlying political and social power structures in aid receiving, fragile states. She has carried out field studies in Timor-Leste, Kosovo, Indonesia and Macedonia both independently and collaboratively as part of a research team. Her research has been published as a sole-authored book and articles in scholarly journals such as Development Policy Review, International Peacekeeping, Democratization, Australian Journal of International Affairs, and Asian Survey. Selver was also a recipient of TUBITAK's special grants scheme for returning researchers (in 2014-6), and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.


  • B.Sc. History, with a minor in European Studies, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • M.Sc. International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Ph.D Political Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Selected Publications:

    Journal Papers

  • ┼×ahin, S., Shahin, E. (2019). "Piecemeal progress or persistent stalemate? AidÔÇÉsupported governance reforms in Solomon Islands", Development Policy Review

  • ┼×ahin, S. (2017). "The rhetoric and practice of the ÔÇśownershipÔÇÖ of security sector reform processes in fragile countries: the case of Kosovo", International Peacekeeping
    Abstract | DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2016.1196107

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

  • ┼×ahin, S., Feaver, D. (2013). "The politics of security sector reform in ÔÇśfragileÔÇÖ or ÔÇśpost-conflictÔÇÖ settings: A critical review of the experience in Timor-Leste", Democratization, v.20(6) p.1056-1080

  • ┼×ahin, 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

  • ┼×ahin, 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

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

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

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

  • ┼×ahin, S. (2009). "The use of the ÔÇśexceptionalismÔÇÖ 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

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

  • Books

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

  • Book Chapters

  • ┼×ahin, S. (2011). "The rising politics of ÔÇśemergenciesÔÇÖ 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

  • ┼×ahin, 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