Mr. Ataman graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in the Department of International Relations at Ankara University. Ataman earned his MA at Central Oklahoma University, and PhD at University of Kentucky between 1996 and 1999. He worked as an RA and a faculty member afterwards in the Department of International Relations at Abant İzzet Baysal University from 1993 until 2014. Ataman is currently a faculty member at the Faculty of Political Science in the Department of International Relations at Yıldırım Beyazıt University. Mr. Ataman worked at SETA for three years as a part-time research in Foreign Policy Research Department. Currently, he serves as SETA's Director of Education and Social Policies, and conducts academic research on Turkish Foreign Policy, the Middle East Politics and the Gulf Politics.