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Dr Ayse Zarakol

Dr  Ayse Zarakol


University Teaching Officer


Office hours: Mondays 12.00-2.00pm (Michaelmas only)


Ayşe Zarakol is a University Lecturer in International Relations in the POLIS Department and a Fellow at Emmanuel College.  She holds a PhD in political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in political science and classics from Middlebury College, USA.  Before joining the University of Cambridge, she was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC and an assistant professor of politics at Washington and Lee University, USA. 

Research Interests

Dr. Zarakol's primary research interests are in international security (with an emphasis on approaches rooted in social theory and historical sociology). More specifically, she works on the evolution of East and West relations in the international order, declining and rising powers, and politics of non-Western regional powers (Turkey, Russia, Japan and Thailand).  She has secondary research interests in the evolution of the modern state and terrorism.  She is the author of After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West (Cambridge University Press, 2011; published with a new introduction in Turkish as Yenilgiden Sonra: Doğu Batı ile Yaşamayı Nasıl Öğrendi, Koç Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2012).  Her articles have recently appeared in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, International Relations, Journal of Democracy and Nationalities Papers.  Dr. Zarakol is a member of and a regular contributor to the PONARS Eurasia international network which advances new policy approaches to research and security in Russia and Eurasia.  She is currently working on a new book project about the construction of "rising powers" in the Western imagination.

Key Publications

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