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She was born in Menemen, İzmir in 1944. Her mother is Füruzan Hanım and her father is a military officer, Ertuğrul Alatlı. She is a kin to the famous playwright Musahipzade Celal on the maternal side of her family. Alatlı received her education in many different places. Because of her father's job, she went to primary and secondary school in different parts of Turkey. She went to a high school in Tokyo. She graduated from the department of Economics at Middle East Technical University, in 1963. Later, she got MAs in the field of Economics in Vanderbilt University, USA, for which she received a Fulbright scholarship in 1965, and in the field of Philosophy in Dartmouth College in 1968. She worked as a faculty member at the department of Economics in Canaan College in 1968-1969. Then, she worked at Istanbul University for a while. Between 1970 and 1972, she worked at the State Planning Organization. Returning from Ankara to the USA, she carried out her work in the field of psycholinguistics at California University until 1974. Coming to Istanbul, the author worked as the editorial director of Bizim English, a journal focusing on English language training, which was published by the Cumhuriyet newspaper in the years 1981 and 1984.

Her essays, discussion pieces and research papers were published in journals, such as Yazko, Nokta, Sur, Cönk and İnsan ve Teknoloji. She also took on the position of vice chairman in Yazko for a while. From novel to poetry, she had many works in different fields of literature, including some translations. Her first novel Yaseminler Tüter mi Hala? was published in 1984. Including "Medal of Independence" given by Yasser Arafat in 1986 and Writers Union of Turkey Novel Award, which she received for her novel İşkenceci in 1987, she received many awards. In 1993, Interpress gave her the Most Successful Women of The Year, Literature Award and in 1998, Kombassan Vakfı awarded her with the Grand Mevlana Prize. Additionally, in 1998, she was one of the Sabah Media Group's 75 Women in 75 Years.

Her four novels, which she published between 1992 and 1994, are called "Or’da Kimse Var mı? tetralogy." She published her work Schrödinger’in Kedisi: "Kabus" and "Rüya" as two volumes in 1999 and 2001. After that, the trilogy of "Gogol’un İzinde" was published. The later works of the author mostly include discussion and opinion pieces. In some of her works, a nationalist-conservative line stands out. Alatlı is criticised by writers such as Gün Zileli because of her relation to the governing party and the increasing dominance of her nationalist-conservative line in her works. Zileli states that in an intellectual context, this tendency may be seen as positive for the government but it constitutes a problem for the author herself. According to the critic, her ideological tendency puts Alatlı into a difficult position as a person who supports the freedom of thought and press. Zileli's criticism became even more meaningful, when the conservative newspaper that Alatlı writes for refused to publish her piece on the issue of turban, a topic which she writes about and discusses frequently, on the grounds that "their readership was not ready for it."

Alev Alatlı still lives in Istanbul. She is the head of the Board of Trustees at Kapadokya Vocational High School. She sometimes works as a consultant for visual and print media.


Date and Place of Birth: 01.01.1975
Zboriv, Ternopilska oblast
Education: Graduated from the International Relations Department of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (1997)
Languages: English, Polish
1997-1998 Attache, Third, Second Secretary at the State and Legal Affairs Department, Directorate General for International Legal Affairs, MFA
1998-2002 Second, First Secretary at the Embassy of Ukraine in Polish Republic
2002-2003 First Secretary at the Department of Legal and Humanitarian Cooperation, Directorate General for European Integration, MFA
2003-2005 Head of the International Law Department, Directorate General for International Legal Affairs, MFA
2005-2006 Head of the International Law and Foreign Policy Legislation Department, Directorate General for International Legal Affairs, MFA
2006-2008 Deputy Head of the Directorate General for International Legal Affairs, MFA
2008-2012 Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Ukraine in Polish Republic
2012-2016 Head of the Directorate General for Consular Service
since 2016 Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Turkey

Diplomatic Rank: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary



Prof. Fırat PURTAŞ

Prof. Fırat Purtaş was born in 1974, in Kahramanmaraş, where he attended to primary and secondary school. In 1994, he graduated from the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of the Gazi University. In 1995, he started working as an assistant within the aforementioned department. After completing his post-graduate studies at the Faculty of International Relations of the State University in St Petersburg in the Russian Federation in 2000. He obtained his PhD degree from the Institute of Social Sciences at Gazi University in 2004. In 2008, he was promoted to Associate Professor. Besides his activity as a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Gazi University, he has been assuming the function of Deputy Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) since April 28th, 2008. His academic research activities are mostly focused on the history of politics of the Russian Federation and Turkic Republics. He speaks Turkish, English and Russian.

Prof. Mehmet ŞAHİN

Mr.Şahin graduated from the Department of History and postgraduated from the Department of International Relations at METU. He earned his PhD from the Department of International Relations at Gazi University. Dr. Şahin worked in the Department of International Relations at Gazi University for 13 years. Sahin, works still as Professor Dr at Police Academy, Security Sciences Institute, He is also the director of the International Academy for Terror and Security Studies of the Police Academy. Şahin's areas of interest are Religion in International Politics, Middle East and Turkish Foreign Policy.

There are five joint edits and one copyright book published on these topics.

These books include;

1) Syria in Middle East Politics,
2) Israel in Middle East Politics,
3) Gulf War II,
4) Iran in Middle East Politics
5) Turkish Foreign Policy and Public Diplomacy
6) Relation between Religion and Foreign Policy: instance of USA,

Şahin is also the editor of the journal Academic Middle East. He was the editor of the journal Middle East Analysis between 2010-2011. Mr.Şahin worked for three years as a Middle East consultant at ORSAM (Middle East Strategic Research Center). In addition to his duty at the University, he was Vice President of SDE (Institute for Strategic Thinking) for three years and Coordinator for Foreign Policy and International Relations. He also teaches at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Academy and the Police Academy. Şahin worked as a moderator and commentator in „Reelpolitic“ program published at TRT Turk for a year and is one of the permanent commentators in „New Agenda“ program published in TRT News.



Prof. Muhittin ATAMAN

Mr. Ataman graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in the Department of International Relations at Ankara University. Ataman earned his MA at Central Oklahoma University, and PhD at University of Kentucky between 1996 and 1999. He worked as an RA and a faculty member afterwards in the Department of International Relations at Abant İzzet Baysal University from 1993 until 2014. Ataman is currently a faculty member at the Faculty of Political Science in the Department of International Relations at Yıldırım Beyazıt University. Mr. Ataman worked at SETA for three years as a part-time research in Foreign Policy Research Department. Currently, he serves as SETA's Director of Education and Social Policies, and conducts academic research on Turkish Foreign Policy, the Middle East Politics and the Gulf Politics.