Cigdem Nas is the secretary general of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) which is a non-governmental research institution specialized in the field of European affairs and based in Istanbul. She is also an associate professor of international relations and lecturer at the Yildiz Technical University. Her fields of research are EU politics, Turkey-EU relations, democratization, identity and foreign policy.Last updated on 08.06.2013
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