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

Iran’s Raisi Era

Iran held elections at a critical time in terms of itself, its region, and the balance of power in the world. Ibrahim Reisi, the former head of the Judiciary, who is a close circle of the spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has become the new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. How can the…

Youth, Peace and Security Nexus: Perceptions Toward Youth

From global climate change demonstrations and strikes to protests against ruling elites, corruption, and inequality, the world witnessed mass youth protests in the last year. Despite youth’s remarkable political mobilization, their messages are often devalued or ignored. This is mainly related with the contradictory perceptions of youth as being ‘troublemakers’ or ‘victims’, or ‘agents of…

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…