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Athanasios Manis

Athanasios Manis is a Research Fellow for International Politics and National Security at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI). His research interests include foreign policy analysis (FPA), theories of international relations and political psychology. He has research and teaching experience in Turkey and other parts of the MENA region and has worked on EU foreign affairs and enlargement policies.

He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. The thesis focuses on Turkey’s foreign policy toward its neighbouring countries, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and puts forward an innovative explanation of Turkish foreign policy change based on the study of risk-seeking and risk-averse behaviours of Turkish policy entrepreneurs, such as that of the incumbent President of the Turkish Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The study draws on the propositions of prospect theory over risky behaviour. During his research, he was awarded the Gregory Tzirakian scholarship as well as the European Institute studentships. Athanasios also holds an MA in Turkish studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a four-year BA in International Relations and Organizations from the Aegean University.

Parallel to his research activity, he taught two different courses to third-year undergraduates at two different University of London institutions. He taught the course of Contemporary Issues in Europe at the department of Politics and International Relations of the Royal Holloway University and the course of Democracy and Democratisation at the Government Department of the LSE. He also worked as a researcher as part of various projects developed and pursued by academic staff at the European Institute and the Government department of the LSE. Prior to his PhD work, Athanasios worked as a correspondent for Turkish Daily News in Istanbul.

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