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GRF Young Academics Program 2017 Term, Group I, 1st Stage Meeting

GRF Young Academics Program
2017 Term, Group I 1st Stage Meeting
September 29-30, 2017


GRF’s Young Academics Program brings together young academics who are currently pursuing or have recently completed their doctoral studies. The goal of this program is to provide a forum for accomplished young academics to discuss and define long-term policy challenges.

The program aims to culminate in the preparation of a paper authored by the young academic. The paper is then published as part of the Policy Paper Series or the Analysis Paper Series. While both series are concerned with thorougly analyzing a topic of interest related to global systemic issues, the former additionally proposes policy recommendations.

Due to the high volume of qualified applicants we have received this year, the participants were divided into two groups. The first stage meeting with the first group of applicants was held on September 29-30 in Istanbul. During the meeting, the participants presented a rough outline of their papers and received constructive feedback from their fellow participants.

Please click here to access the Young Academics Handbook for the first group of our 2017 term. The handbook includes the short biographies and research proposals of our participants.

The following list details the candidates selected for the GRF Young Academics Program’s September Group and the topics of their proposed papers:

Ole Frahm - Ph.D. in Political Science, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
“How the EU’s Reinvention After Debt Crisis, Brexit, Refugee Crisis, Right-Wing Populism and Trump is Going to Affect Turkey”

Ian Johnson - Ph.D. in History, Ohio State University; Associate Director, Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University
“The United States, Turkey, and the Search for Collective Security, 1945-1953”

Stephen O’Connell - Ph.D. in Economics, City University of New York; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Economics and SEII at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Can Quotas Increase the Supply of Candidates for Higher-Level Positions? Evidence from Local Governments in India and Brazil”

Ezgi Uzun - Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Sabancı University; Visiting Research Scholar, Columbia University
“Iran’s ‘Axis of Resistance’ Policy and Its Regional Implications”

Yuval Weber - Ph.D. in Government, University of Texas-Austin; Visiting Assistant Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
“Russia and Turkey in a Power Vacuum: American Uncertainty and Policy Options for Moscow and Ankara”

Ayşe Yemişçigil - Ph.D. Candidate in Behavioral Science, Warwick Business School; Visiting Doctoral Research Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
“How Political and Business Leaders Can Cultivate Purpose”