IR Professor Awarded Fulbright GrantAssistant Professor PÄ±nar Ä°pek (IR) has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Ä°pek specializes in energy politics and international political economy. She will be using this grant to spend the next year in Washington, DC, to conduct a project on energy security.
Dr. Ä°pek's research project addresses the question of how socialization among states and non-state actors influences preference change and results in cooperation on energy security. Focusing on the creation of the European internal energy market, which is crucial to achieving energy security for the European Union (EU), and NATO's initiative to promote energy infrastructure security, Dr. Ä°pek's project will identify contingent factors of socialization affecting cooperation in regard to energy security. These findings would then help guide policy makers and diplomats in setting appropriate mechanisms to facilitate cooperation to overcome the challenges of energy security.
Fulbright Senior Scholarships allow researchers to spend up to six months in the United States. Following the completion of their research activities in the United States, grantees are expected to return to Turkey and share their Fulbright experience with others.