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Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şaban Kardaş was detained on Saturday (October 21).
According to the reports covered by the media, Kardaş was detained from his home in Turkey’s capital Ankara. He was then taken to İstanbul Security Directorate Anti-Terror Bureau. The reports also stated that Kardaş was detained as part of the operation in which business person and NGO activist Osman Kaval was detained.
Osman Kavala was detained at Atatürk Airport on October 18.
About Şaban Kardaş
Kardaş is an academic member of the Department of International Relations at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey – University of Economy and Technology (TOBB ETÜ) and is ORSAM Chair. Dr. Kardaş did Master in the fields of international relations and European studies at the Middle Eastern Technology University and University of Bonn. He completed his doctorate at the University of Utah. He has studies published in the fields of international relations theory, security studies, human rights, energy policies and Turkey’s domestic and foreign policies.
In addition to his job at the university, Dr. Kardaş runs the editorship of Perceptions magazine and that his assays are published on the German Marshall Foundation.
Dr. Kardaş gives lectures at institutions including Turkish Military Academy, Police Academy Diplomacy Academy, and Sakarya University.
Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) was established in January 2009 to inform the general public and the foreign policy community on the Middle East. ORSAM is a nonpartisan and non-profit research centre based in Ankara. ORSAM aims to diversify sources of information on the Middle East and expose the Turkish academia and political circles to the perspectives of researchers from the region.
ORSAM, by facilitating the visits of Middle Eastern statesmen, bureaucrats, academics, strategists, businessmen, journalists, and NGO representatives to Turkey, seeks to ensure their knowledge and ideas are shared with the Turkish and international community. To that end, ORSAM carries out research on social, economic and political developments in the Middle East and shares these with the public. ORSAM, seeking to contribute towards a healthier understanding and analysis of international politics and the Middle Eastern issues, produces stimulating and policy-relevant information for the general public and decision-makers; hence aims to contribute to decision-making processes. Toward that objective, ORSAM offers projections that involve alternative solutions to regional issues, as well as analyzing regional developments.
In order to provide comprehensive and solution-oriented analyses, ORSAM draws on cutting-edge research produced by competent researchers and intellectuals from diverse disciplines. ORSAM has a strong publishing line that transmits meticulous analyses of regional developments and trends to relevant audiences. (HK/TK)
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