Ayşe Zarakol, Ph.D.


I am an Assistant Professor of Politics at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. I teach courses on global politics, international security and occasionally, political theory.

My current research interests are East-West relations in the international system and the evolution of the modern state. I also work on Turkish politics/foreign policy in a comparative perspective. Generally, my work has a pronounced historical-sociological slant.

My first book, After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011), deals with international stigmatization and the integration of defeated eastern powers (Turkey after WWI, Japan after WWII and Russia after the Cold War) into the international system. Some of the arguments from this book can also be accessed through my article entitled “Ontological Insecurity and State Denial of Historical Crimes: Turkey and Japan,” in International Relations. A new article (co-authored with Jelena Subotic) entitled,“Cultural Intimacy in International Relations,” on problems of state identity is forthcoming in European Journal of International Relations.

Another article that gives a sense of the kind of work I do is “What Makes Terrorism Modern? Terrorism, Legitimacy, and the International System,” which appeared in Review of International Studies. This article grew out of my work on statehood and modernity.

Currently, I am working on a project comparing Turkey and Thailand. My first article from that project, “Revisiting Second Image Reversed: Lessons from Turkey and Thailand” will be forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly in the next year. For more information about my current research projects, check out the Research tab above.

I will be away from teaching during the 2012-3 Academic Year as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.

If you like what I have to say in my academic writings, you can also                                        . I also blog regularly for PONARS-Eurasia on Turkey, Russia and Iran relations, and their common neighborhood.


Ani,Turkey-Armenia Border

Photo: Dmitri Jajich

I am happy to provide media commentary on East-West relations in world politics; Turkish politics; Turkish foreign policy; history of terrorism; revolutions and the international system. Email me at zarakola (at) wlu.edu to set up an interview.

Created: Jan 2010

Last Updated: March 2012