3rd All Azimuth Workshop: Methods in Turkish IR

On September 18-19, 2017 at Bilkent University, Ankara, the Center for Foreign Policy and Peace Research (CFPPR) organized a workshop bringing together Turkish and international scholars to discuss the methodological rigor and diversity in Turkish IR.

The Center’s third workshop in a series called the All Azimuth Workshops started with a welcoming speech by the CFPPR’s General Coordinator, Prof. Ersel Aydınlı, followed by Prof. Ted Hopf’s keynote speech on his experiences in building the national identities dataset. Throughout three panels, a select group of scholars discussed the relative weaknesses and strengths of the particular methods they use in conducting their own research, and provided tips and warnings drawn from personal experience. The panels explored a wide variety of data collection and analysis methods, including:

a. qualitative methods of inquiry such as archival research, discourse analysis, interviews, and process tracing/field research;
b. quantitative and formal methods in data analysis, such as Generalized Linear Models, System Dynamics Models, or Expected Utility Models; and
c. novel methods of data collection, such as events dataset

Participants concluded the workshop with a fruitful roundtable session that raised a number of questions and that will be published soon in All Azimuth and on the Center’s webpage.

Şener Aktürk, Koç University
Senem Aydın Düzgit, Sabancı University
Ersel Aydınlı, Bilkent University
Egemen Bezci, Stockholm University
Ali Füsunoğlu, Özyeğin University
Emre Hatipoğlu, Sabancı University
Ted Hopf, National Singapore University
Alper Kaliber, Altınbaş University
Özgür Özdamar, Bilkent University
Mustafa Serdar Palabıyık, TOBB Economics and Technology University
Bahar Rumelili, Koç University
Belgin San Akça, Koç University
İsmail Erkam Sula, Yıldırım Beyazıt University
Konstantinos Travlos, Özyeğin University
Akın Ünver, Kadir Has University