Dr. Alparslan Akkus

Director, Nonresident Research Fellow

Alparslan Akkus is a scholar and a journalist with 20 years of experience. He is a blogger at The Huffington Post, where he occasionally writes about international affairs and media freedom. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Turkey edition of The New York Times, a weekly English-Turkish newspaper published in cooperation with The New York Times. He also wrote columns at Sabah daily and Hurriyet Daily News, focusing especially on foreign policy issues.

Akkus completed his Ph.D. in journalism and communication studies at Marmara University in 2016 with a thesis titled “Transformation of public diplomacy practices through new media.” Focusing on social movements, he argued that the use of traditional media as a public diplomacy tool is shifting in favor of social media, creating new terms like Twitter diplomacy. This interdisciplinary research blends journalism with political science and social media as well as sociology in terms of networked social movements and conflict
resolution. Akkus holds an MBA from Yeditepe University and an M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University. He was a keynote speaker at the 11th International Crisis Communication Seminar organized by the Quadriga University of
Applied Sciences in Berlin.

Akkus took part in the “Edward R. Murrow International Leaders” program of the US State Department, the Bosporus Gesellschaft initiative of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Germany), and the Mashav program of the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Recently, he worked at BASF as Media Relations Manager and managed 34 countries in the Middle East and North Africa and orchestrated social media communications, crisis communications, and advocacy works. He also gave Media Relations and Crisis Communications training to executive-level employees.

Latest by Alparslan Akkus


Prof. Bertjan Verbeek: Populist foreign policy weakens soft power April 23, 2021.

Paul Lendvai: Orbán’s Hungary is a “Führer Democracy” April 9, 2021.

Political sociologist Ergil: Populism has a deadline December 31, 2020