Bulent Aliriza

Bulent Aliriza
  • Bulent Aliriza joined CSIS in 1994 where he established the Turkey Project. As director of the project, he focuses on Turkey’s foreign policy, domestic politics, and economy. Concurrently he is codirector of the CSIS Caspian Sea Energy Project, which focuses on the transportation of oil and gas from the Caspian region to world markets. He is also an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C.

    Aliriza has lectured widely in the United States as well as in Turkey and is a frequent media commentator on Turkish and Caspian energy issues. His articles and commentaries have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and other major publications. He has also made many appearances on CNN, PBS, C-SPAN, and the BBC, as well as on numerous other U.S., European, and Turkish media outlets. He is the host of a current affairs discussion program from Washington on Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) called Beyond the Atlantic. Prior to joining CSIS, Aliriza was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Earlier, he served as a Turkish Cypriot diplomat in New York and Washington. He has a B.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a doctorate in diplomatic history from the University of Oxford.