Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Yaprak Gürsoy

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
School of Languages and Social Sciences
Aston University


Ph.D. 2008, University of Virginia
Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics

M.A. 2002 University of Virginia (Foreign Affairs)

B.A. 2000 Koç University, Istanbul (International Relations)

Principal Publications and Presentations


Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2017).

Türkiye'de Sivil-Asker İlişkilerinin Dönüşümü (The Transformation of Civil-Military Relations in Turkey), Güvenlik Çalışmaları Dizisi, (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2013). link

Avrupa Birliği'ne Giriş (Introduction to the European Union), edited by Ayhan Kaya, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Yaprak Gürsoy  and Özge Onursal (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2011). link 


Articles in Refereed Journals

"The Context of the 2015 Greek Elections: Can There Be a Similar Leftist Victory in Turkey?," Research Turkey, Vol. 4, No. 5 (May 2015): 53-62. link

"Turkish Public Opinion on the Coup Allegations: Implications for Democratization," Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 130, No. 1 (Spring 2015): 103-132. (SSCI) download

"Türkiye'de Sivil-Asker İlişkilerinin Dönüşümünün Sebepleri," Uluslararası İlişkiler, Vol. 11, No. 43 (Autumn 2014): 157-180. (SSCI) download

"The Role of the EU in Changing the Role of the Military in Turkish Politics," (with İlter Turan) European Review of International Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2014): 132-140. download

"The Final Curtain for the Turkish Armed Forces? Civil-Military Relations in View of the 2011 General Elections," Turkish Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2 (June 2012): 191-211. (SSCI) download

"The Changing Role of the Military in Turkish Politics: Democratization through Coup Plots?" Democratization (2012): Vol. 19, No. 4 (August 2012): 735-760. (SSCI) download

"The Impact of EU-Driven Reforms on the Political Autonomy of the Turkish Military," South European Society and Politics, Vol. 16, No. 2 (June 2011): 293-308. (SSCI) download

"Democratization and Foreign Policy Reforms in Turkey: Europeanization of Turkish Politics?" International Journal of Legal Information, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer 2010): 227-234. download

"Is There a Europeanization of Turkish Foreign Policy: An Addendum to the Literature on EU Candidates," (with Meltem Müftüler-Baç) Turkish Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3 (September 2010): 405-427. (SSCI) download

"Regime Change in the Aegean: Reconsidering Foreign Influence," Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2 (October 2009): 319-347. (AHCI) download

"Civilian Support and Military Unity in the Outcome of Turkish and Greek Interventions," Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Summer 2009): 47-75download

"The Effects of the Population Exchange on the Greek and Turkish Political Regimes in the 1930s," East European Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 2 (Summer 2008): 97-128(SSCI) download


Chapters in Edited Books

"Turkey: Populism and Geography," Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World, edited by William I. Hitchcock, Melvyn P. Leffler, and Jeffrey W. Legro (Boston: Harvard University Press, 2016), 124-137. link to the book

"Türkiye-Yunanistan Nüfus Mübadelesi’nin Siyasi Rejimlere 1930’lardaki Etkisi," (The Effects of the Population Exchange on the Greek and Turkish Political Regimes in the 1930s) 90. Yılında Zorunlu Nüfus Mübadelesi: Yeni Yaklaşımlar, Yeni Bulgular (Turkish – Greek Compulsory Population Exchange in its 90th year: New Approaches, New Findings), edited by Bilge Gönül et al. (Istanbul: Lozan Mübadilleri Vakfı Yayınları, 2016), 61-66.

"The Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms in Turkey between 2002 and 2013," (with Senem Aydın-Düzgit) Siyasetin Bilimi: İlter Turan'a Armağan (The Science of Politics: Essays in Honor of Ilter Turan), edited by Boğaç Erozan, Nihal İncioğlu, and Pınar Uyan-Semerci (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2015). download

"Rejim Değişiklikleri: Otoriterleşme ve Demokratikleşme," (Regime Change: Authoritarianization and Democratization) Karşılaştırmalı Siyaset: Temel Konular ve Yaklaşımlar (Comparative Politics: Basic Subjects and Approaches), edited by Sabri Sayarı and Hasret Dikici Bilgin (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2013). link to the book

"From Tutelary Powers & Interventions to Civilian Control: an Overview of Turkish Civil-Military Relations since the 1920s," Turkey’s Democratization Process, edited by Carmen Rodriguez, Antonio Avalos, Hakan Yılmaz, and Ana I. Planet (London & New York: Routledge, 2013). link to the book

"Turkey: The Counterintuitive Transition of 1983," (with Senem Aydın-Düzgit) Transitions to Democracy: A Comparative Perspective, edited by Kathryn Stoner and Michael McFaul (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). download

"Avrupa Fikri: Barış ve Bütünleşme Projesi," (The Idea of Europe: A Project of Peace and Integration) (with Ayhan Kaya, Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Özge Onursal) Avrupa Birliği Hakkında Merak Ettikleriniz: Avrupa Birliğine Giriş (What You Wonder about the European Union: Introduction to the European Union), edited by Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul: Hiperlink, 2013). download

"Katılımcı ve Çoğulcu Demokrasi," (Participatory and Pluralist Democracy) Avrupa Birliği Hakkında Merak Ettikleriniz: Avrupa Birliğine Giriş (What You Wonder about the European Union: Introduction to the European Union), edited by Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul: Hiperlink, 2013). download

"Turkey's Relations with the United States and Israel under the Justice and Development Party Government," Troubled Triangle: The United States, Turkey, and Israel in the New Middle East, edited by William B. Quandt (Charlottesville, VA: Just World Books, 2011). link to the book  

"Avrupa Birliği ve Demokratikleşme," (The European Union and Democratization) Avrupa Birliği'ne Giriş (Introduction to the European Union), edited by Ayhan Kaya, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Yaprak Gürsoy  and Özge Onursal (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2011).

"Civil-Military Relations as a Component of Democratic Consolidation in Turkey: A Comparison with Greece," Turkey-European Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities, and Constraints, edited by Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Yiannis A. Stivachtis (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008): 303-324download

"Democratization in Greece and Turkey," International Governance and International Security: Issues and Perspectives, edited by Yiannis A. Stivachtis, (Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 2005): 363-388.


Published Reports

"Turkish Public Attitudes toward the Military and Ergenekon: Consequences for the Consolidation of Democracy," Working Paper No. 5 EU/5/2012, Istanbul Bilgi University, European Institute, May 2012. link

"Is There an Europeanisation of Turkish Foreign Policy? An Addendum to the Literature on Candidate Countries," (with Meltem Müftüler-Baç) for RECON -European Union Sixth Framework Project, December 2009. download

"The European Union’s Enlargement Process and Collective Identity Formation in Turkey: the Interplay of Multiple Identities," (with Meltem Müftüler-Baç) for RECON -European Union Sixth Framework Project, June 2008. download 

"International Influences on the Transition to Democracy after the 1980 Military Intervention," (with Senem Aydın-Düzgit) for the Project "Evaluating International Influences on Democratic Development" Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University, July 2008. Link

Newspaper Articles and Other Opinion Pieces

"Trust in Army Declining But Secular-Islamist Rift Deepening" One-On-One With Barçın Yinanç, Hürriyet Daily News, 26 Mayıs 2012, p.6. download

"Türkiye Ne Kadar Avrupalılaşıyor?" HaberTürk, 29 October 2009, p.24. download

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Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics

The Politics and Policies of the European Union

Democracy, Authoritarianism and Regime Change

Politics in South Europe

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