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

Social Movements in the United States and the Role of Media

The Young Professionals in International Relations talks series hosted Robert Rosenthal, executive producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting, on September 28, 2020. Rosenthal spoke about the past and present of covering social movements in the United States, and the motivational, mobilizing power of information. Rosenthal touched on how the media of the past struggled…

YPIR Series: Beyond Energy – Turkey and the New Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean

Tensions are high in the Eastern Mediterranean. Against the backdrop of natural gas discoveries and the persistent disputes over drilling rights, the geopolitical landscape of the Mediterranean has been shifting for a decade now. As regional states with shared interests rebalance, and alliances are reshuffled, Turkey’s political and military footprint grows more visible across the…

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…