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Mr. Rana Islam

Rana Deep Islam is a Ph.D. student at Erlangen University in the Department of International Relations. In his dissertation Rana compares Turkey’s Middle East politics with the EU’s approach towards the region. The work is supervised by Prof. Stefan Fröhlich and funded with a scholarship from the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

Rana studied Modern History, Political Science, and Sociology in Berlin, Strasbourg, and Bonn. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the College of Europe in Bruges and Warsaw. Subsequently Rana worked at the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, the European Parliament in Brussels, Inwent (a German government subcontractor) in Bonn, and at the executive committee of the Social Democratic Party in Berlin. Currently he serves as a junior fellow at the Dusseldorf Institute for Foreign and Security Policy and as a lecturer at Potsdam University.

In his academic and professional work Rana focuses on Turkey-EU relations, the EU as an international actor, and issues of integration and migration in German society. Currently he is co-editing a book on social democratic foreign and security politics in the twenty-first century.

During his DAAD/AICGS fellowship in May and June 2011 Rana will examine the role being played by Turkey and the EU in the context of the Arab Spring uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. His study will investigate commonalities and differences in interests and instruments which both actors display in their relationship towards the reform movements.

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New Ground for Cooperation: The Arab Spring as a Turning Point for EU-Turkey Relations

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Though politicians use the word “historic” in a fairly inflationary way, there is no better terminology for describing what the international community is witnessing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The uprisings that are sweeping over the region astonished Western observers as they replaced an existent narrative. After the 9/11… Read more >

50 Years After: What Germany and Turkey Need is a State Treaty

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In his essay 50 Years After: What Germany and Turkey Need is a State Treaty, Rana Deep Islam, Ph.D. student at Erlangen University and former DAAD/AICGS Fellow, reflects on the current state of German citizens with a Turkish background following the 50th anniversary of the guest workers agreement between Germany and Turkey. According to Mr. Islam, while German politics have been slow to fully welcome Turkish integration, Berlin must act quickly to forge stronger ties with Ankara.

Two Face Diplomacy – The Turkish-Israeli Clash Contradicts Ankara’s Foreign Policy Principles

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Following Israel’s refusal to apologize for last year’s attack on a Gaza Aid Flotilla, Turkey has cut diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv. According to former AICGS Fellow Rana Islam, Turkey’s decision goes completely against their “zero problems” agenda and further threatens an already unstable region. However, all hope may not yet be lost.

Politics of Dilemma: Turkish and EU Approaches Toward Syria

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As Turkey continues to push for membership in the EU, many factors play a role in whether or not its acceptance will take hold. In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Rana Deep Islam looks at Turkey and the EU’s respective foreign policy strategies, using the recent unrest in Syria as a… Read more >

Turkey After the Elections – Where is it Heading?

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While prevailing opinion delivered by most of Germany’s newspapers labeled the Turkish election results as a major setback for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP party, looking at the numbers will quickly make it clear that the AKP is far from legitimately being considered the election’s loser writes DAAD/AICGS Fellow Rana Deep Islam. Mr. Islam examines the election results and argues that the outcome will have a significant impact on Turkey’s foreign policy strategies in dealing with the greater Middle East.