Istanbul is home to many international young professionals working and studying in various areas of international relations. There is a need to build partnerships among this group to facilitate the creation of new ideas and approaches to solving the many challenges that lay before the global community. The Hollings Center created a Young Professionals in International Relations (YPIR) networking group to meet this need.

The series aims to bring together young professionals from academia, think tanks, diplomatic missions, civil society, and the private sector to help build a network that will have impact on the international relations community in Istanbul and the broader region. By bringing together young professionals from multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural backgrounds, the Hollings Center hopes to promote dialogue and further understanding and cooperation among a broad range of young professionals working in the field of foreign relations.

The YPIR network involves regular meetings that bring together select key young leaders from the different sectors to discuss current topics in world affairs, usually featuring a speaker to spur roundtable discussion in an intimate setting. Speakers include civil society leaders, business professionals, diplomats, academics and journalists.

For more information, visit the YPIR Facebook page, which serves as a basis for YPIR members to share information relating to events, projects and news pertaining to foreign relations.  If you are interested in joining the YPIR group, you can sign up on the following page.

Selected YPIR Metings

COVID-19 Response in LDCs and Conflict Zones

Why are least developed countries (LDCs) and conflict zones particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic? Has there been adequate attention given to the needs of war-affected populations and LDCs during this crisis? Why is helping LDCs and war-affected communities particularly important in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic? To answer these questions and to…

YPIR Series: Battling the ‘Infodemic’

The COVID-19 pandemic created what the World Health Organization has called an ‘infodemic’ – massive amounts of misinformation passing through the airwaves and billions of social media feeds every day. In times like these, people need information to be accurate, cross-checked, and useful, as this can literally save lives.  During a virtual meeting of the…

YPIR Series: Hyper-connectedness and the New Order

Dr. Salih Bıçakcı of Kadir Has University was the speaker at the year-end meeting of the Young Professionals in International Relations network. Dr. Bıçakcı talked about how hyper-connectivity through technology and increased dependence on artificial intelligence (AI) create new paradigms, influencing (mostly unbeknownst to us) decision-making from the personal to the interpersonal all the way…

YPIR Series: Noah Coburn on “Lesser Known Actors of the War in Afghanistan”

Noah Coburn, political anthropologist at Bennington College, presented his current ethnographic research on Nepalese contractor employees to members of the YPIR network. Coburn has been interviewing people from Nepal, Georgia and Turkey, who have worked for contractors in Afghanistan during or after the war. He shared with YPIR members the socioeconomic profiles of his interviewees,…