Kemal İnat graduated from Ankara University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences in 1992. He earned his PhD at the University of Siegen, Germany, in 2000, with his dissertation entitled “Turkey's Middle East Policy in the Inception of the 21st Century”.
İnat began his academic career as a research assistant at the Department of International Relations, Sakarya University, in 1994. He became an associate professor and a full professor in 2006 and 2011, respectively. İnat worked as the director of Social Sciences Institute between 2011 and 2014, and of Middle East Institute (ORMER) between 2015 and 2018 at the same university.
İnat is one of the editors of Ortadoğu Yıllığı (Middle East Yearbook) and Türk Dış Politikası Almanağı (Turkish Foreign Policy Yearbook), which are published since 2005 by ORMER and since 2009 by SETA Foundation, respectively. Mr. İnat is also the author of many books, such as Dünya Çatışmaları (The World Conflicts), the AK Party Foreign Policy, and Handbuch der Religionen der Welt ve Internationale Wirtschaftsorganisationen. His articles are published in various national and international peer-reviewed journals including Blaetter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Bilgi, Türkiye Ortadoğu Çalışmaları Dergisi (Turkish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies), and Insight Turkey.
İnat currently teaches Issues in the Middle East and Turkish Foreign Policy at ORMER and at the Department of International Relations, Sakarya University. He also holds the position of Director of Energy Research at Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA).
French President Emmanuel Macron told The Economist last week that NATO was "brain dead." He blamed the alliance's supposed problem on the lack of "coordination... of strategic decision-making between the United States and its NATO allies." Macron added that Turkey's actions were "uncoordinated," warning that NATO failed to monitor the actions of its members.
What are the decisive factors in Turkey’s relations with various regions and partners? What policy should Turkey adopt to enhance or establish amicable relations and sustain existing ones? What is the place of the “increasing friends” policy in the near future of Turkish foreign policy?