Dr. Şaban Kardaş works as an Associate Professor of international relations in the Department of International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara. He has published scholarly articles and book chapters on Turkish domestic and foreign policies, human rights, energy policies and international security and has been an occasional contributor to Turkish and international media. He is the assistant editor of the quarterly journal Insight Turkey and writes analyses for the German Marshal Fund's On Turkey series and the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor. He received his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Utah. Dr. Kardaş also holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and a second master’s degree in European Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn, Germany.