Belgin San-Akca

Assistant Professor

Department of International Relations Koç University, Istanbul



About

Dr. San-Akca's research focuses on non-state violence and its implications for inter-state relations. Specifically, she studies terrorism, insurgency, the role of ethnic, religious, and political identity in inter-state relations and the empirical applications of IR Theory, and the Middle East Conflict. She teaches research methods, graduate level quantitative analysis, introductory level International Relations, and a course on terrorism, insurgency and world politics. Before coming to Koç University, she worked on various projects as a research assistant and consultant and taught various courses at the University of California, Davis and Berkeley. She was a visiting scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies, Harvard University from July 1 to August 30, 2011. Her articles appeared at Journal of Strategic Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution and International Studies Quarterly. In 2016, her book titled “States in Disguise: Material and Ideational Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups” was published by Oxford University Press.

She is an Associate Editor of Conflict Management and Peace Science. She was elected to serve as an at-large representative at the International Studies Association (ISA) Governing Council between 2016 and 2018, as a member of Correlates of War (COW) Project Advisory Board for the period between 2016 and 2019, and a management committee member of the European Network of Conflict Research (ENCoRe) between 2013 and 2016. She is the recipient of a Marie Curie Reintegration Grant awarded by the European Commission (2011-2015), the Turkish Academy of Sciences Award for Successful Young Scientists and Science Academy Outstanding Young Scientist Award.

Awards

Award

Science Academy, 2017-2019

Outstanding Young Scientist

Award

Turkish Academy of Sciences, 2015-2017

Outstanding Young Scientist

Publications

Books

Book

States in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups

2016. New York: Oxford University Press. (Hardback: 9780190250881; Paperback: 9780190250904)

  • Reviewed at Perspectives on Politics 15 (4): 1209-1210. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592717002778
  • “States in Disguise: Causes of State Support for Rebel Groups”. Forthcoming in Turkish. 2019. Under Contract. Koç University Press.

 

Articles

Article

“States and Non-state Armed Groups (NAGs) in International Relations Theory.”

2017. (DOI online: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.303). Oxford Encyclopaedia of Empirical International Relations Theory. Ed. William Thompson.

Article

"International Support for Non-State Armed Groups.” Oxford Bibliographies in “International Relations”.

2016. Ed. Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press. (Invited Annotated Bibliography DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199743292-0185).

Article

“Democracy and Vulnerability: An Exploitation Theory of Democracies by Terrorists”.

2014. Journal of Conflict Resolution 58(7): 1285-1310 (published online August 19, 2013).

Article

“Rivalry and State Support for Non-state Armed Groups (NAGs)”

2012. International Studies Quarterly 56 (4): 1-15. (with Zeev Maoz, UC Davis).

Article

“Supporting Non-State Armed Groups: A Resort to Illegality?”

2009. Journal of Strategic Studies 32(4):589-613.

 

Book Chapters

Chapter

“States and Non-state Armed Groups (NAGs) in International Relations Theory.”

2018. Forthcoming. in Oxford Encyclopaedia of Empirical International Relations Theory. Ed. William Thompson.

Chapter

“Causes and Consequences of Transitivity and Balance in the International Politics of the Middle East, 1946-2004”.

2015. In The Israeli Conflict System: Analytic Approaches (Harvey Starr and Stanley Dubinsky, eds.). New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis. (with Zeev Maoz, UC, Davis).

 

Datasets

Dataset

“State-NAG Cooperation Dataset: Non-State Violence, Targets, and Supporters, 1945-2010”, funded by the Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant, 2011-2015, available at http://nonstatearmedgroups.ku.edu.tr.

NAGs dataset has information on 454 rebel groups, which emerged in the post-WWII period. It includes descriptive information about ideational features and objectives of nonstate armed groups, their state supporters, type and duration of support, and all sources used for coding date. Sources and descriptive characteristics of NAGs are available on project website.

 

Other Publications

Forthcoming

“Binary Logit Analysis in the Study of International Politics”.

All Azimuth: A Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace.

Book chapter

“PKK Terörüne Uluslar-Ötesi Bir Bakış (A Transnational Approach to Turkey’s Terrorism Problem)”. Türkiye’nin Terör Sorunu.

2017. SETA (with İlayda Bilge Önder, Koç University).

Textbook chapter

“Nedensel İlişkiler, Araştırma Kurguları, Deneysel Yaklaşımlar ve Uluslararası İlişkiler”

(Causality, Research Design, Experimental Method and International Relations), Uluslararası İlişkilerde Araştırma Yöntemleri (Research Methods for International Relations), Ünite 2, Anadolu Üniversitesi Yayınları, January 2013.

Textbook chapter

“Çoklu Yöntem Yaklaşımları” (Multi-Method Use) (with Şener Aktürk, Koç University), Uluslararası İlişkilerde Araştırma Yöntemleri

(Research Methods for International Relations), Ünite 8, Anadolu Üniversitesi Yayınları, January 2013.

 

Projects

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

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