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Ömer Taşpinar

Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies


Dr. Ömer Taşpınar is Professor of National Security Strategy, U.S. National War College. Prior to joining the US National War College, Professor Taspinar was Foreign Policy Fellow and Director of the Turkey Program at the Brookings Institution; Adjunct Professor, European & Eurasian Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and he has held consulting positions at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in Washington, and at the Strategic Planning Department of TOFAS-FIAT in Istanbul. He is a columnist for the Turkish daily Radikal and the Pakistan Daily Times; has appeared on BBC word, CNN international, NBC, CNBC, CBS and is a frequent commentator for Turkish Television; his research focuses on Turkey-EU and Turkish-American relations; European Politics; Transatlantic relations; Muslims in Europe; Islamic Radicalism; Human Development in the Islamic world; and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East. PhD, The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).

He is the author: Winning Turkey with P. Gordon (Brookings, 2008); Fighting Radicalism with Human Development: Freedom, Education and Growth in the Islamic World (Brookings Institution Press, 2006); Kurdish nationalism and political Islam in Turkey: Kemalist identity in transition (Routledge, 2005). Other publications include: "New Parameters in U.S.-German-Turkish Relations" (AICGS, February 2005); "The Anatomy of Anti-Americanism in Turkey" (Insight Turkey, July-August 2005); "Turkey's European Quest" (Brookings Analysis Paper, September 2004); "Europe's Muslim Street" (Foreign Policy, March-April 2003); "An Uneven Fit: The Turkish Model and the Arab World" (Brookings Analysis Paper, August 2003).




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  • Turkey


  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations


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