Onur İşçi

Assistant Professor

Onur İşçi




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Onur İşçi is assistant professor of international relations and the director of Bilkent’s Center for Russian Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University with distinction in 2014. Dr. İşçi specializes on the histories of Russia, Turkey and the two countries’ relationship from the late imperial period to the present day. At Bilkent, he teaches Diplomatic History and Turkish Foreign Policy at the undergraduate level, and offers two doctoral colloquia on Russian-Turkish relations and the international history of the Cold War. Dr. İşçi is the author of two books and various articles that appeared in leading academic journals. His new book project explores Turkey and its world during the Cold War.

-Turkey and the Soviet Union during World War II: Diplomacy, Discord and International Relations (London: I.B.Tauris, 2019).

-Rusya İmparatorluğu’nun Çöküşü, 1881-1917 (İstanbul: Kronik, 2019).


Yardstick of Friendship: Soviet-Turkish Relations and the Montreux Convention of 1936,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.

Smokestacks and Pipelines: Russian-Turkish Relations and the Persistence of Economic Development,” Diplomatic History (with Samuel J. Hirst).

The Massigli Affair and its context: Turkish Foreign Policy after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact,” Journal of Contemporary History.

Russian and Ottoman Newspapers in the War of 1877-1878,” Russian History.


  • B.A. Bilkent University, International Relations (2002)
  • M.A. Bilkent University, International Relations (2005)
  • M.A. Miami University of Ohio, History (2007)
  • M.A. Georgetown University, History (2010)
  • Ph.D. Georgetown University, History (2014)