Birol Yesilada

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Birol Yesilada
Birol Yesilada
Current Post Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair, Portland State University

Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Portland State University

Degree(s) Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984 (Political Science)

M.A., San Francisco State University, 1979 (Political Science)
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1977 (Neurobiology)

Field(s) of Study International Peace and Conflict, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, Technology.


Professor ‘’’Birol Yesilada’’ leads the Portland State University - Conflict Resolution Graduate Program. Together with Harry Anastasiou, he envisioned and supported many student exchanges with Future Worlds Center during which their students conducted filed research in Cyprus, including some of the following:


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984 (Political Science)
M.A., San Francisco State University, 1979 (Political Science)
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1977 (Neurobiology)


Dr. Yesilada received numerous awards and grants including the Fulbright fellowship and a grant from the Joint Committee on the Middle East of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council. At the University of Missouri, he received a campus-wide William T. Kemper Fellowship in Teaching Excellence in 1996. He is the past-president of the Rotary Club of Tigard, Oregon and president of the Rotary Club of Tigard Foundation, past New Generations Committee Chair of Rotary District 5100, co-chair of District 5100 Peace Conference and is Peacebuilder Clubs Committee Chair for 2012-13.

Collaborations with Future Worlds Center

PSU Exchange Student Interns


Books The Emerging European Union (with David M. Wood) New York: Longman, 1996 , 2001, 2004, and 2007)

Comparative Political Parties and Party Elites: Essays in Honor of Samuel J. Eldersveld. ed. by Birol A. Yesilada. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.

The Political and Socioeconomic Transformation of Turkey, ed. by Atila Eralp, Muharrem Tünay, and Birol Yesilada. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1993 Agrarian Reform in Reverse: The Food Crisis in the Third World, ed. by Birol Yesilada, Charles Brockett, and Bruce Drury. Boulder: Westview Press, 1987

Foreign Language Book

SÜRDÜRÜLEBİLİR BÜYÜMENİN EKONOMİ POLİTİĞİ [Political Economy of Sustainable Economic Growth in Turkey] (with Mahir Fisunoglu) Istanbul: Aktive Academy 2005. Third Prize in national competition on Economic development sponsored by Aktive Finans in Turkey.

Selected Journal Articles: (refereed)

“Competition among Giants: A Look at How Future Enlargement of the European Union Could Affect Global Power Transition,” (with Brian Efird and Peter Noordijk), International Studies Review Vol. 8, no. 4 (December 2006):607-622. “The Political Future of Afghanistan and Its Implications for U.S. Policy” (with Jacek Kugler and Brian Efird), Conflict Management and Peace Science, Vol. 20, no. 1 (Spring 2003):43-72.

“Negotiating a Resolution to the Cyprus Problem: Is Potential EU Membership a Blessing or a Curse?” (with Ahmet Sözen) International Negotiation Journal Vol. 7, no. 2 (2002):261-85

“The Virtue Party,” Turkish Studies (Spring, 2002):62-81.

“Turkey’s Candidacy to Join the European Union,” The Middle East Journal Vol 56, no. 1 (Winter 2002):94-112.

“The Worsening EU-Turkey Relations,” The SAIS Review (December 1998).

“Prospects for Turkey's Membership in the European Community," International Journal of Turkish Studies Vol. 6, no 1&2 (Winter 1996):37-60

"European Integration in the 1980's and 1990's" Business in the Contemporary World, (with David Wood) Vol. 3, no. 3 (Spring, 1991): 89-101

"Social Progress and Political Development in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" The Cyprus Review, Vol. 1, no. 2 (Autumn 1989): 90-112

"Problems of Political Development in the Third Turkish Republic" Polity Vol. XXI, no. 2 (Winter 1988): 345-372

"North-South Relations and the Information Age" International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, (with Manoucherh Hosseinzadeh) Vol. 26, no 1-2 (Jan-April 1989): 1-25

"New Political Parties and the Problems of Development in Turkey" New Perspectives on Turkey, Vol. 1, no 1 (Fall 1987):35-62

"World Market Recessions and Economic Development: A Look at Alternative Rescue Policies for the Third World" International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 24, no 1-2 (January-April 1987): 57-69

"The Effect of Political Inputs on Economic Growth" Modeling, Simulation, and Control (with Sencer Yeralan and Davla Vivas) Vol. 5, no 1 (1986): 15-25