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Executive Director

Kadir Ustun is the Executive Director at the SETA Foundation at Washington, D.C. Previously, Dr. Ustun was the Research Director at the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C. He currently serves as an Assistant Editor of Insight Turkey, an academic journal published by the SETA Foundation. Dr. Ustun holds a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in History from Bilkent University. He has contributed to various SETA reports and his writings have appeared in various publications such as Insight Turkey, Al Jazeera English, Hurriyet Daily News, Daily Sabah, Mediterranean Quarterly, and Cairo Review of Global Affairs among others. He is also co-editor of edited volumes History, Politics and Foreign Policy in TurkeyChange and Adaptation in Turkish Foreign Policy, and Politics and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.

You can reach Kadir by email at kadirustun [at] setadc [dot] org.


Research Director

Kilic Bugra Kanat20150912-IMG_5454 is the Research Director at the SETA Foundation at Washington DC. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Penn State University, Erie. Dr. Kanat received his PhD in Political Science from Syracuse University; a Master’s in Political Science from Syracuse University; a Master’s in International Affairs from Marquette University. He was awarded the Outstanding Research Award and Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award at Penn State, Erie. He participated in Future Leaders Program of Foreign Policy Initiative.   Dr. Kanat’s writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, Insight Turkey, The Diplomat, Middle East Policy, Arab Studies Quarterly, Mediterranean Quarterly, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. He is a columnist at Daily Sabah. He is the author of A Tale of Four Augusts: Obama’s Syria Policy.

You can reach Kilic by email at kanat [at] setadc [dot] org.

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Research Assistant

Lesley K. Dudden received her master’s degree in International Affairs, with concentrations in European & Eurasian Affairs and International Security Politics from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Previously, Lesley has spent nearly 3 years living in Turkey as first a Critical Language Scholar at the Georgetown University McGhee Center, later spending a semester at Koç University and a year as a Boren Scholar at Boğaziçi University. She also spent 5 months in Germany studying European Security at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests include Turkey-U.S. relations, Turkish history and foreign policy, and transatlantic relations.

You can reach Lesley by email at ldudden [at] setadc [dot] org.

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Research Assistant

DSC_0009Jackson Hannon received his bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies with an emphasis in Arabic, with a minor in Political Science, Economics, and a certificate in International Relations from the University of Utah. He recently spent time in Jordan studying Arabic. Jackson’s research interests include international security, Middle Eastern politics and history, and American multilateral and bilateral relations in the MENA region and Europe.

You can reach Jackson by email at jhannon [at] setadc [dot] org.


Research Assistant

Serra Diptas graduated with an BA from Sabanci University with honors in International Studies and a minor in Art Theory and Criticism. She took undergraduate courses at London School of Economics & Political Science and Ghent University.  She completed her Masters of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Middle East at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has been active in different non-governmental Organizations such as the Turkish Youth Foundation where she is still a member of the Board of Trustees and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Youth Assembly. At these organizations she carried out international projects related to youth, education, environment, culture and international affairs, and organized international conferences like the Turk Arab Youth Congress. She worked at the Turkish Ministry of European Affairs and Istanbul Policy Center as an intern. She was a research assistant for the EU FP7 Transworld Project for Prof. Meltem Muftuler Bac. Serra is also a Founding Board Member and Chair of the Youth Commission for Diplomacy and Collaboration (YCDC)  In addition to being fluent in Turkish and English, Serra knows basic Arabic and French.

You can reach Serra by email at sdiptas [at] setadc [dot] org.