Dr. Cengiz Günay is an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is also the Deputy Director of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip) and reader at the University of Vienna. His research interests are neoliberal interventions and the transformation of state and statehood, European Neighborhood Policy and the rise of authoritarianism. His regional focus lies on Turkey, and the Arab Middle East. Currently, he is working on elite change and the rise of authoritarianism in the MENA region and its implications for Euro-Mediterranean relations. Some of his recent publications are; Border Politics: Defining Spaces of Governance and Forms of Transgressions, Springer, January 2017; “Decoding the authoritarian code: Exercising ‘legitimate’ power politics through the ruling parties in Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia” Journal for Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 16 (4) 2016; “Foreign Policy as a Source of Legitimation for ‘Competitive Authoritarian Regimes‘ – the Case of Turkey’s AKP”, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 2016; “Challenging the EU’s Liberal Peace Model in the Mediterranean” in, Heinz Gärtner et al. (eds.) Democracy, Peace, and Security, New York: Lexington Books, 2015; “Turkey: A Model for Continuity Rather than Change” in, Larbi Sadiki (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring, London: Routledge, 2015.
Cengiz also consults state agencies and frequently comments on developments in Turkey and the MENA region in international media.
Cengiz holds a PhD in Political Sciences and a Diploma in History from the University of Vienna. He speaks German, Turkish, English, French, Spanish, Italian and basic Arabic.