Brussels Forum Session: Turkey: What Now? What Next?  

Soli Özel is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a senior lecturer at Istanbul Kadir Has University.  

Özel was a “Europe’s Futures” fellow at Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna in 2021–22. During the pandemic, he taught course at the American University in Central Asia and the Menton campus of Sciences-Po. He also hosted webinar series for Institut Montaigne on the American elections and on the changing geopolitics of the Middle East. He was a Bernstein Fellow at the Schell Center for Human Rights at Yale Law School and a visiting lecturer in Yale’s political science department.  

Özel has been a columnist at Nokta magazine and GazetePazar, Yeni Binyıl, Habertürk, and Sabah newspapers. Currently he writes for Deutsche Welle-Turkish and Politikyol, and provides a weekly commentary on world affairs for Gazete Duvar TV. He has held fellowships at Oxford University the EU Institute of Strategic Studies, the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, Institut Montaigne in Paris, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.  

Özel holds an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS-1983).