Middle East Technical University, Department of International Relations

Department of International Relations, founded in 1984, is one of the leading institutions in international relations in Turkey. The Department offers B.Sc., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. Currently, the Department admits over 60 students annually and around 55 students receive their first degrees (B.Sc.).  Currently, the Department has 50 full-time academic personnel, including 21 full, associate or assistant Professors, 5 lecturers and 24 research assistants. 

Courses offered cover issues like international relations theories, international political economy, international law, international organizations, security, migration as well as area studies such as European, Eurasian, Middle Eastern, Asian studies, reflecting the interdisciplinary approach of the Department.

The department’s emphasis on providing adequate analytical skills for academic work and its concern with the teaching in-depth of the various topics of International Relations are addressed at the graduate level with a series of advanced courses in the relevant areas of study. Furthermore, with the recognition that communication and computer skills are vital in a field characterized by increasing interaction, the program facilitates the development of language and computer skills by students.

All students are encouraged to participate in social and cultural activities. In addition to the well-known campus facilities, the Foreign Policy and International Relations Club, staffed by the undergraduate students of the Department, enhances their active participation in conferences, seminars and other social activities. As an active student organization, it enables students to meet foreign scholars or diplomats, and establish contacts with various foreign ministries of different countries.

The department also offers Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations, designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations or a related discipline, with an interest in further study in the field.

The graduates of the Department have achieved exceptional success in a wide variety of areas. The Department is proud of the success of its graduates, many of whom are academics, diplomats, journalists, correspondents of private broadcasting channels, bureaucrats, or politicians. In addition, our graduates hold important positions in other public and private sector companies.

Middle East Technical University
Department of International Relations
06531 Ankara, Turkey
Phone: +90 312 210 2016
Fax: +90 312 210 7983


Prof. Dr Hüseyin Bağci
Chair of the Department of International Relations

Contact: bagci@metu.edu.tr


Hüseyin Bağcı is a Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University in Ankara and the Chair of the department since October 2011.
In 1988, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn. He was guest researcher at the German Society for Foreign Affairs (DGAP) in Bonn, and Senior Fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn and at the Landesverteidigungsakademie und Militarwissenshaftliches Büro des Bundesministeriums für Landesverteidigung in Vienna.
He has published several books and large number of articles on European Security, Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkish-German relations. Prof. Bağcı is a famous TV and Radio Commentator in Turkey.  Prof. Bağcı is a member of IISS in London and Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium. He is also Deputy Director of Foreign Policy Institute in Ankara. Prof. Bağcı has been visiting Professor at the University of Bonn as (Anna Maria Schimmel Professor) 2007, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 2007 (Italy) and University of Lublin, 2008, (Poland) and 2010-2011 Humboldt university Berlin (Germany).  Prof. Bağcı is widely quoted also by national and international press.


Dr. Hakan Karaaslan works at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Department of International Relations. In 2006, he received his masters degree. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D. dissertation at the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University with the title of “The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the Post-Cold War era: An Analysis of Its Comprehensive Approach to Security”. He is interested in OSCE-related topics, European Security and Eastern Europe.