Berk Esen Receives Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award

Asst. Prof. Berk Esen of the Department of International Relations has
received the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Essay Award for his
study “Elective Affinities Between Democratic Backsliding and Populism:
The Cases of Turkey and Hungary in Comparative Perspective.”

The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards, first given in 2006, are
presented annually in the field of the social sciences to honor the memory
of businessman and philanthropist Sakıp Sabancı, who was also honorary
chairman of the Sabancı University Board of Trustees. The awards include
both an overall “Jury Prize” and three essay awards, one of which went to
Dr. Esen this year; the essay awards, also selected by jury, are given to
researchers under age 45. The Sakıp Sabancı International Research awards
are Turkey\'s only academic award in social sciences with an international
outreach. The 2018 awards were presented on April 10 in Ä°stanbul.

The stated purpose of the Sabancı Research Awards is to “encourage
research on all aspects of culture, society and politics” and to recognize
“distinguished examples of fresh research with a view to engaging
intellectual attention on Turkey’s role in the contemporary world.” In the
last 13 years, they have been given in subjects ranging from economy to
foreign policy, history and social dynamics. The theme for the 2018 awards
was “Challenges to Democratic Governance and Living Together in Turkey and
the World.”