Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan

Program Chair and Associate Professor
Vahram Ter-Matevosyan specializes in Turkish domestic and foreign policy, Regional Security and Conflicts in the post-Soviet Space. He has received his Dr. Philosophy Degree from the University of Bergen (Norway), Master’s degree from Lund University (Sweden), Candidate of historical sciences degree from the Institute of Oriental Studies and Yerevan State University (Armenia). He was Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC (2016), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, CA (2009-2010) and Visiting Doctoral Student at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2005). He authored an award-winning monograph “Islam in the Social and Political Life of Turkey, 1970-2001” in 2008 and co-authored “History of Turkish Republic” in 2014. His research articles have been published in “Nations and Nationalism”, “Europe-Asia Studies”, “Turkish Studies”, “Middle Eastern Studies”, “Insight Turkey”, “Eurasian Geography and Economics”, “Turkish Review”, “Caucasus  Survey”, “Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies”, “Iran and the Caucasus”, “Diaspora Studies”, “Études Arméniennes Contemporaines”, “Caucasus Analytical Digest”, “UC Berkeley Armenian Studies Program Occasional Papers”, Contemporary Eurasia etc.


Program Chair and Associate Professor
Director of Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis

Dr. Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway
Candidate of Historical Sciences, Institute of Oriental Studies, NAS, Yerevan
MA, Lund University, Sweden
BA, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Office location
105W, Paramaz Avedisian Building


(+374 60) 61 26 70

Office hours
Mondays 12:00-1:00 pm

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Turkish domestic and foreign policy, Regional Security, Conflicts in the post-Soviet Space

Courses currently taught

  • PSIA282 Survey of Regional Politics
  • PSIA311 Caucasus Regional Politics
  • PSIA324 Security Policy
  • PSIA360 Armenian Politics
  • PSIA364 Middle East Politics

Research Database IDs

ORCID: 0000-0002-2212-0391
SCOPUS Author ID: 36599336300
Researcher ID-N-4267-2017

Research Activities/Projects

  • SCOPE – “Religion and soft power: Religious Communities in the South Caucasus as Objects of External Influences”
  • NUPI – “Research Beyond the Ivory Tower: Policy and Communication Training for University Teams”

Selected Publications


Islam in the Social and Political life of Turkey (1970-2001)”. Yerevan. Limush Press. 2008

Edited Volumes

  • “Turkish Soft Power Politics in Georgia: Making Sense of Political and Cultural Implications”, ed. Ansgar Jodicke in Religion and Soft Power in the South Caucasus, London, Routledge, 2018, 21-41
  • “Armenian Foreign Policy: Problems of Institutional Developments” in Armenia’s Foreign Policy: Some Perspectives Stephan Astourian. UC Berkley Armenian Studies Program Occasional Papers. 2016. 55-77  (coauthor Anna Drnoian)
  • “Turkish Policy in Georgia: Social and Economic Implications of Integration Projects”, in View Across the Border: Policy and Society in Georgia and Armenia, ed. T. Turmanidze, Tbilisi, BST GMF, 2014, pp. 23-41 (in Russian)
  • “Military intervention. Reforms (1980-1995)”, in History of Turkish Republic, ed. R. Safrastyan, Yerevan, Yerevan State University Publication, 2014, pp. 237-277 (in Armenian)
  • “Crisis of the Political System. The period of the Justice and Development Party (1996-2011)”, in History of Turkish Republic, ed. R. Safrastyan, Yerevan, Yerevan State University Publication, 2014, pp. 294-354 (in Armenian)
  • “Reviewing Armenia’s National Security Strategy: Challenges and Reality” in Conference Proceedings “Regional Security Dynamics In The Caucasus”, Limush Press, Yerevan, 2012, pp. 95-104

Articles in Peer-Reviewed journals

  • “Armenia in the Eurasian Economic Union: Reasons for Joining and its Consequences”, Eurasian Geography and Economics,  58, no. 3, pp. 340-360 (coauthors Anna Drnoian, Narek Mkrtchyan, Tigran Yepremyan)
  • “Praying under Restrictions: Islam, Identity and Social Change in Azerbaijan”, Europe-Asia Studies,  69, no. 5, pp. 819-837 (coauthor Nelly Minasyan)
  • “Turkish Transformation and the Soviet Union: Navigating through the Soviet Historiography on Kemalism”, Middle Eastern Studies,2017, vol. 53, no. 2, pp.281-296
  • “Institutions and Identity Politics in the Armenian Diaspora: The Cases of Russia and Lebanon”, Diaspora Studies,2017, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 64-80 (coauthors H. Danielyan, V. Sisserian, N. Kankanyan, N Shorjian).
  • “Track two Diplomacy between Armenia and Turkey: Achievements and Limitations”, Caucasus Analytical Digest, 2016, July, no. 86, pp. 3-6.
  • “The Kars-Akhalkalaki railway project: Why Armenia Should Revisit its Position”, Turkish Review, 2016, vol. 6, no. 3: pp. 130-135.
  • “Kemalism and Communism: From Cooperation to Complication”, Turkish Studies. 16. no. 4, pp. 510-526.
  • “Turkish Experience with Totalitarianism and Fascism: Tracing the Intellectual Origins”, Iran and the Caucasus, 2015, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 387-401.
  • “Armenia and the Ukrainian Crisis: Finding the Middle Ground”. Caucasus Analytical Digest. December 2014, no. 67–68, pp. 14-17.
  • “Cooperation paradigms in the South Caucasus and beyond: Making Sense of Turkish-Georgian relations”, Études Arméniennes Contemporaines,2014, no. 4, pp. 103-125.
  • “The Rebirth of Turkish Studies in Armenia”, Turkish Review, 2014, vol. 4, no.3, pp. 350-351.
  • “Framing National Security Objectives: The Cases of Azerbaijan and Georgia”. Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. 2013. vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 325-340.
  • “The Armenian Community and the AK Party: Finding Trust under the Crescent”. Insight Turkey. 2010, vol. 12/4, pp. 93-111.