Author Zeynep Başaran

Zeynep Başaran

Zeynep Başaran is the Secretary General at the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM). Prior to joining EDAM, she worked as a researcher at NATO Parliamentary Assembly and as a junior officer within various divisions at NATO HQ – including Public Affairs and Strategic Communications, Policy Planning Unit and the Permanent Representation of Turkey. Furthermore, she contributed to the conflict resolution and migration research projects at the Istanbul Policy Center-Stiftung Mercator Initiative. Her research interests consist of Transatlantic relations, European & Turkish foreign, security and defence policy, geopolitical developments within the broader Mediterranean and MENA region, strategic foresight & (open-source) intelligence as well as the defence implications of emerging technologies (Artificial Intelligence, cyber & hybrid warfare). Zeynep holds a Master’s degree (2019) in International Relations with a specialisation in Global Political Economy from Leiden University and a Bachelor’s degree (2017) in Economics from Ozyegin University. During her studies, she undertook an exchange year at University of Bologna, studying International Affairs and Diplomacy. She speaks Turkish, English, Spanish, and has good knowledge of French, Dutch and Italian. Zeynep is an active member of various associations, including Women in International Security (WIIS), Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels and the International Studies Student Association (ISSA) Leiden.