On May 4, 2016, guest speaker Eyüp Ersoy, PhD Candidate, Bilkent University addressed a PeaceTalk: Young Scholar Series seminar at Bilkent University and made a presentation entitled “Empowering Influence: A Conceptual Analysis of Influence in International Relations”.
In his presentation, Ersoy touched upon the fact that power and security have separate literatures of their own in international relations but for influence such a literature does not exist. He illustrated a conceptual analysis of influence to address the absence of influence in conceptual and theoretical controversies of international relations. He further explained the significant relationship between influence and power. Ersoy concluded his presentation by explaining the taxonomy of influence and the criteria over which to develop such taxonomy.