TÜSİAD Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution
Kemal Kirişci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, with focuses in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies.
Before joining Brookings, Kirişci was a professor of international relations and held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. His areas of research interest include EU-Turkish relations, U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign and trade policies, European integration, immigration issues, ethnic conflicts and refugee movements.
His recent publications include "Syrian Refugees and Turkey’s Challenges: Going Beyond Hospitality" (Brookings, May 2014) and “TTIP and Turkey: The Geopolitical Dimension” in The Geopolitics of TTIP: Repositioning the Transatlantic Relationship for a Changing World by Daniel S. Hamilton, ed. (Washington, D.C. Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2014; distributed by Brookings Institution Press). His first paper for Brookings was "Turkey and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Boosting the Model Partnership" with the United States (Brookings, September 2013).
Kemal Kirişci is the author of several books on Turkey including Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition (co-authored with R. Linden et al; Lynne Reinner, 2011), Land of Diverse Migrations: Challenges of Emigration and Immigration in Turkey (co-edited with A. İçduygu; Bilgi University Press, 2009), Turkish Immigrants in the European Union: Determinants of Immigration and Integration (co-edited book with R.Erzan; Routledge, 2007), Turkey In World Politics: An Emerging Multi-Regional Power (Co-edited with B. Rubin; Lynne Reinner, 2001) and The Kurdish Question and Turkey: An Example of a Trans-State Ethnic Conflict (co-authored with G. Winrow; Frank Cass, 1997).
Kirişci earned a Ph.D. in international relations from the City University, London; an M.A. in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England; and a B.A. in finance and management from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Kirişci has also extensively published articles on Turkish foreign policy, EU-Turkish relations and immigration in academic journals and numerous op-eds on current affairs in Turkey since joining Brookings.
His other affiliations include
Alternatives Turkish Journal of International Relations, member, international advisory board
BETAM, member, advisory board
European Journal of Turkish Studies, member, scientific advisory board
Global Society, member, editorial board
Insight Turkey, member, advisory board
Turkish Studies, member, editorial board