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GRF Young Academics Program 2014 Term 1st Stage Meeting

GRF Young Academics Program
2014 Term
1st Stage Meeting


The first stage meeting of 2014 term of GRF Young Academics Program, designed to provide a forum for accomplished young academics to discuss and debate long-term policy challenges, has been held on August 8-9.

With this program, GRF aims to establish an expanding community of young academics who, in their policy deliberations, focus on global systemic issues and place Turkey in this global framework. The intellectual capital accumulating as a result of this program will hopefully make a valuable contribution to national and global policy-making in the coming decades.

At the 1st Stage of the program held on August 8- 9, 2014, the
selected candidates presented their proposed policy papers’ abstracts to the other participants, followed by a group consultation meeting on each individual topic.

The following list details the selected candidates for GRF Young Academics Program and the topics of their proposed policy papers. The handbook which contains the abstracts of this year’s presented topics can be accessed here.


PhD Degree

Topic of the Policy Paper

Deniz Aydın

Stanford University

Designing a Private Pension System: Lessons from Behavioral Economics

Cem Albayrak

Stanford University

Life Sciences Education at High School Level in Turkey

Altay Atlı

Bogazici University

Turkey-China Relations - Its Current Status, Strengths and Weaknesses

John Vincent Bowlus

Georgetown University

Will Ankara Lose Baghdad’s Oil? Iraqi-Turkish Oil Relations After the KRG-Turkey Pipeline

Egemen Eren

Stanford University

Shadow Banking System and Possible Regulatory Responses

Charles Laderman

University of Cambridge

Anglo-American Journalists, Turkey and the Question of Orientalism

Koray Mutlu

McMaster University

World Trade Regime in the aftermath of the Bali Ministerial: Implications for Governance of the WTO

Umut Türem

New York University

Rule of Law in Turkey: Reforming the Legal Complex