Mustafa Aydın is a professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University (Istanbul) and the President of the International Relations Council of Turkey. He is also co-coordinator of the Greek-Turkish Forum, governing board member of the World Council for Middle Eastern Studies, and member of Global Relations Forum, Turkish Atlantic Council, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Professor Aydın worked at Ankara University (1994-2005), Economy and Technology University (2005-2009), and was the Rector of Kadir Has University (2010-2018). He was guest researcher at Michigan (1998), Harvard (2002, Fulbright Fellow), and Athens (2003, Onassis Fellow) universities, as well as Richardson Institute for Peace Studies (1999, UNESCO Fellow), EU Institute for Security Studies (2003), and Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen. He was a member of Economy and Foreign Policy Study Group of the President of Turkey (2003-2009), Co-Coordinator of the International Commission on Black Sea (2010), Deputy Chairman of the International Commission of Eminent Persons on the Caucasus and the Caspian (2007-2008), Head of the Central Asia Desk at the Centre for Eurasian Strategic Studies (1999-2003), Coordinator of the International Relations Module at the National Security Academy (2002-2008), and the Director of International Policy Research Institute (2005-2011).
Prof. Aydın’s areas of interest are international politics, foreign policy analysis, Eurasian security and geopolitics, politics of the Black Sea and the Middle East, as well as Turkish foreign and security policies