Ufuk Ulutaş

Director, Foreign Policy

Ufuk Ulutas is the Director of the Foreign Policy Studies at SETA Foundation. He received his BA in Political Science from Bilkent University, his MA in Middle Eastern History at the Ohio State University, and he is currently a PhD candidate at OSU. He studied Hebrew and Middle Eastern politics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and lectured at OSU between 2004 and 2009.


He worked as a research assistant at Mershon Center for International Security Studies. He served as Samuel M. Melton and George M. & Renée K. Levine fellow at Melton Center for Jewish Studies. Ulutas also worked as the Middle East Program coordinator at SETA Washington DC.


He authored many academic and policy-oriented articles and reports on Middle Eastern history and politics, Israel and Jewish history, Turkish foreign policy and US policy in the Middle East. His articles, comments and op-ed pieces appeared on both Turkish and international media outlets, including Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, Al-Ahram and Foreign Policy, and he has been a frequent commentator on both Turkish and international TV channels such as CNN International, Russia Today, Al-Jazeera, BBC, France 24 and CCTV.    


He is a columnist at Akşam Daily and currently hosting a foreign policy centered TV program at TRT Türk channel. He also serves at the executive board of a Somali-based think-tank, Heritage Institute for Policy Studies.