Ilter Turan was born in 1941 in Istanbul. Currently a Political Science professor in International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University, he has served as its president through 1998-2001. Previously, he has served as professor at Koç (1993-1998) and Istanbul (1964-1993) universities and held visiting appointments at various American and British universities. Dr. Turan is the past president of the Turkish Political Science Association and the Program Chair of the 21<sup>st World Congress of the International Political Science Association, Santiago, Chile, July 2009. He serves on the board of several foundations and corporations. He is widely published in English and Turkish on Comparative Politics, Turkish politics and foreign policy. His recent writings have been on the politics of water, the Turkish parliament and Turkish political parties. Dr. Turan is married and has one child.