Aykan Erdemir

Senior Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Aykan Erdemir is the senior director of the Turkey Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Mr. Erdemir is a former member of the Turkish Parliament (2011-2015), where he served on the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, EU Harmonization Committee, and the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on the IT Sector and the Internet.

He is also a founding and former steering committee member of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, a drafter of, and signatory to, the Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief (2014) as well as a signatory legislator to the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism. He also serves as a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities.

Dr. Erdemir holds a PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He was a doctoral fellow at Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a research associate at the University of Oxford’s Center on Migration, Policy and Society.

He worked as faculty member at Bilkent University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2015-2016) and Middle East Technical University’s Department of Sociology (2004-2011), where he also served as the Deputy Dean of the Graduate School of Social Sciences (2005-2011).

Dr. Erdemir has edited seven books, including Rethinking Global Migration: Practices, Policies, and Discourses in the European Neighbourhood (KORA) and Social Dynamics of Global Terrorism: Risk and Prevention Policies (IOS Press).

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