The Executive Director

Sinan Ciddi

Sinan CiddiSinan Ciddi was appointed as the fourth Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies, succeeding David C. Cuthell at the end of August 2011.

Ciddi was born in Turkey and educated in the United Kingdom, where he gained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in June 2007. He was previously an instructor at Sabancı University between 2004-2008 and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the same institution between 2007-2008.

He recently published a book titled Kemalism in Turkish Politics: The Republican People's Party: Secularism and Nationalism (Routledge, January 2009) focusing on the electoral weakness of the Republican People's Party.

Between 2008-2011, he established the Turkish Studies program at the University of Florida's Center for European Studies.

Opinion Editorials

"The End of Turkey's Experiment With Democracy"
November 16, 2015
The World Post
"Question Mark Over Erdoğan as Turk Parties Jockey for Power"
June 21, 2015
Associated Press
"Just One More Election: Hurdles to Consolidating a Presidential System in Turkey"
September 18, 2014
Bipartisan Policy Center
"The Ergodan Presidency and Turkey's Political Future"
August 25, 2014
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
"Turkey's Dark Clouds for Election Year 2014"
August 8, 2013
Huffington Post
"The Changing Channels of Political Participation: The Gezi Protests in Turkey"
June 13, 2013
Huffington Post
"Who Governs? A Serious Problem for Turkey's Justice and Development Party"
June 6, 2013
Huffington Post
"Challenging 'change' within the CHP"
January 28, 2013
Hürriyet Daily News
"ITS Interview in Milliyet"
January 21, 2013
"Constitutional Calculations and Pitfalls"
December 8, 2012
Hürriyet Daily News
"Erdoğan's Continued Vision for Turkey and the Region"
October 9, 2012
Hürriyet Daily News
"Dispensing with the Turkish Model"
February 14, 2012
Hürriyet Daily News