This course is designed for PhD students and examines a number of topics of current, specific, most important, and acute problems of international law . The readings for the course are largely recently-published or unpublished articles or book chapters. Issues include general principles of law; diplomatic protection; question of the protection and inviolability of diplomatic agents and other persons entitled to special protection under international law; issues relating to international terrorism; implementing principles of human rights and protecting the environment, the issues related to the climate change and global warming.


This course seeks to engage students in the complexities of ethnic conflict and its analysis. A comprehensive understanding of the theories that seek to explain ethnic conflict formation and its resolution is the major learning outcome of the course. Through a survey of the literature, ethnic conflicts in various contexts and the ways in which ethnic conflicts can be managed or resolved are explored. The main themes of the course include various aspects of ethnic conflict such as conflict theory; conflict prevention; nonviolence; mediation; negotiation; reconciliation; peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

This course will focus on the opportunities and challenges faced by the evolving European Union and its member states, providing an in-depth look at the institutions, policies, and contemporary issues that shape the European Union. The goal of the course is to examine the European Union in international relations from legal and political science/IR perspectives. What kind of international actor is the EU? What kind of power – civilian, normative, soft, and ethical, etc. – if any, does it have in world politics?

This PhD course aims to offer and advanced analysis of how the world systems works by first distinguishing "government" and "governance" concepts and deals with both highest inter-state organizationms in the management of the world affairs and emerging global public sphere and civil society as well as global state and global class relations.

This course critically explores the increasingly significant roles global media play in our rapidly globalizing and conflict-ridden world. Relying on key critical communications, media and political science perspectives, the course will examine how media function as tools for: setting the agenda, minimizing or reinforcing conflicting ideologies and perspectives during various conflicts.

This course aims to develop theoretical and empirical background of the students about the political, cultural, economic and security affairs of the countries which are members of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. 

The main objective of this course is to analyze the political, socio-cultural and economic structures of the Middle Eastern countries in order to compare and conceptualize the internal and external political making in the region. Within this framework, the course will focus on issue-areas and specific country models to examine nation-building processes, politics of identity, regional ideologies, minorities, processes of democratization in a regional context. Finally, the lectures will put an emphasis on the issue of predicaments and problems pertaining these processes of nation and state-building in the Middle East realm.

This course analyzes the issues and problems of international security from both traditional and new theoretical approaches. Therefore, it refers both traditional military power-centric security conceptualization and also alternative approaches that focus on the economic, political, societal and environmental dimensions of global security. The explanatory power of these theoretical approaches will be assessed through case studies on the specific country analyses, security complexes in different parts of the world and the core issues in the security communities.