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Foreign Policy Analysis for Business Leaders


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About This Course

This course aims to examine business government relations in a rapidly changing international context. As learning outcomes, the students will be able to (1) identify shapeholders (i.e. social actors) that affect business risks and opportunities; (2) understand main global and regional trends in international politics; (3) analyze the major contours, concepts, and issues of foreign policy analysis with a particular focus on Turkish Foreign Policy in the post-Cold War era, which are relevant for business leaders. The goal is to provide the students with a better understanding of the key issues and regions through a comprehensive analysis of the conduct and changing priorities in a turbulent regional and global setting. Within this context, the impact of international developments on policy decisions, domestic and foreign policy linkages, the role of key figures and organizations, and the interaction of political, economic, cultural and military factors in foreign policy making and their significance for business leaders will be examined. There will be a special emphasis on relating foreign policy analysis with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Course Dates

Synchronous Class Meeting: On 3 weekdays, on Mon/ Wed/Friday, May 23-25-27 May 23-25 15:00 – 17:30 PM (Istanbul Time Zone) May 27 18:30-21:00 PM (Istanbul Time Zone)

Course Staff

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Şuhnaz Yılmaz - Professor


Şuhnaz Yılmaz is a Professor of International Relations and serves as the Dean of College of Administrative Sciences and Economics and the Director of Graduate School of Business at Koç University, Istanbul. During 2016-17, she was a Visiting Professor at UCLA with a dual appointment at the Department of Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Luskin Center for Innovation.

Professor Yılmaz graduated from the International Relations Department of Bilkent University in 1993 as the Valedictorian. She received her M.A (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) from Princeton University, specializing on Near Eastern Studies and International Relations. She conducted her post-doctoral Studies at Harvard University. She held visiting faculty positions at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University and at the Center for International Studies, Princeton University. She received many national and international awards and grants. In 2008, she was granted the prestigious Distinguished Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences and in 2016, she received the Koç University Outstanding Teaching Award.

Professor Yılmaz teaches courses on International Relations, Turkish Foreign Policy, Turkish-American Relations, Middle Eastern Politics, Politics of the Former USSR and Central Asia, European Foreign and Security Policy. She also teaches at the Graduate School of Business offering courses on Foreign Policy Analysis for Global Leaders, Business and Government, and Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa in the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM). Her recent research focuses on the international affairs of Eurasia and the Middle East, foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy, international security and European security and foreign policy, energy and natural resource politics, Turkish-US-EU and Turkish- Russian relations. She has numerous publications in prestigious journals such as Political Science Quarterly, International Politics, Middle East Journal, and Third World Quarterly. She has a recent book on Turkish-American Relations entitled Turkish- American Relations (1800-1952): Between the Stars, Stripes and the Crescent (2015) from Routledge Press International Relations Series.

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Zehra Yağmur Yılmaz - Teaching Assistant


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