Soli Özel

Soli Özel

Soli Özel



  • International Relations & New Paradigms
  • New Balances of World & Turkey
  • Midde East-Euroasia & New Competition Areas

What he offers

He is greatly admired for his personal integrity, charisma and pivotal position in critical national issues about Turkey’s role in ME and EU. He offers audiences tremendous insights into national and international political developments and the socio and business scene. His political commentaries are syndicated internationally.

How he presents

Comprehensive in his vision, astute in his diagnosis and clear in his guidance in politics, Soli Özel’s presentations are invaluable for business leaders around the world.

Soli Özel is a professor of International Relations and Political Science at İstanbul Kadir Has University. He received his BA at Bennington College, his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He then went on to the University of California at Berkeley for doctoral studies in political science.

Özel taught at John Hopkins SAIS, University of Washington, Hebrew University, University of California Santa Cruz and at Northwestern University. He was a Richard von Wiezacker fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.


He taught at Boğaziçi and Bilgi Universities in İstanbul. Özel was the editor of Private View which is the journal of Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) and the editor of the Turkish edition of Foreign Policy, published in the USA by the Carnegie Endowment. He worked as an advisor to the chairman of TÜSİAD on foreign policy issues.

He is currently a visiting fellow at Institut Montaigne in Paris, a Bernstein fellow at the Schell Center, Yale Law School and a guest lecturer at the Political Science Department of Yale University.

He wrote at Sabah, Pazar and Habertürk newspapers; Nokta and Görüş journals. Currently he is a columnist at T24, the independent news website. His writings have also been published in different publications in Turkey and abroad.

Özel is a member of European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and a member of the board of trustees of an international aid organization called International Alert. He is also a columnist at Espresso which is a famous Italian journal. He was a visiting specialist at Harvard University Kennedy School in 2013.

Presentation Languages: Turkish, English, French

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