Academy Senior Fellow (2014-15)
Ethem Haldun Solmazturk


Prior to joining Chatham House in September 2014, he worked as a political-security analyst and commentator, active in media, civil society and particularly think-tanks. He also taught political leadership, policy formulation and resolution of cultural conflicts, in various institutions to include NATO Defense College. He is a strong advocate of ‘cultural interoperability’. He has extensive experience in multinational conventional and unconventional operations and strategic operational planning at NATO. 

He specializes in political culture, political-psychology, psycho-sociology and democratization beyond ‘Third Wave’. His research project explores the impact of insecurity on young people in Turkey and the transformation of political culture. 

He is an honorary research fellow at London Metropolitan University (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) and an honorary senior fellow in 21 Century Turkey Institute in Ankara. He holds an MA in military science from Turkish Army College, MA in international relations from Boston University and PhD in political science from Istanbul Bilgi University. 

Areas of expertise

  • Defence and security
  • Political culture/psychology
  • Civil society
  • Democratization
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Strategic policy-making

Past experience

2015-17Academy Associate, Chatham House
2014-15Academy Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House
2012-Senior Fellow, 21. Century Turkey Institute, Dprt of National Security and International Relations, Ankara/Turkey


Honorary Research Fellow, London Metropolitan University, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
2010-13Associate Fellow/Resource Person, CESS (Center for European Security Studies) GRONINGEN/The Netherlands
2009-12Political Analyst/Writer, Journal Ekoenerji Political Assessment Group


Director of American Studies, the Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Analysis (TURKSAM) Ankara/Turkey
2006-08Director, Ahmet Yesevi Kazakh-Turkish International University Strategic Research Center (AYSAM) Ankara/Turkey
2005-08Chair, WG on Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkish-U.S. Relations, Retired Officers’ Association of Turkey, Ankara/Turkey
1998-99Visiting Fellow, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Washington DC
1975-05Infantry (General Staff) Officer, Turkish Army