Dr. Ufuk Ulutas is the Director of the Foreign Policy Studies at SETA Foundation, an assistant professor at Ankara University of Social Sciences and a columnist at Akşam Daily. He is currently hosting a foreign policy centered TV program “Küresel Siyaset” at TRT. He received his BA in Political Science from Bilkent University, his MA in Middle Eastern History at the Ohio State University, and his PhD in International Relations from the YBU. He studied Hebrew and Middle Eastern politics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and lectured at OSU between 2004 and 2009. He worked as a RA at Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and served as Samuel M. Melton and George M. & Renée K. Levine fellow at Melton Center for Jewish Studies. Ulutas also worked as the Middle East Program coordinator at SETA Washington DC.
He authored many academic and policy-oriented articles and reports on Middle Eastern history and politics, Israel and Jewish history, Turkish foreign policy and US policy in the Middle East. He has been working on violent non-state actors in the Middle East with a particular focus on those in Syria and Iraq. His articles, comments and op-ed pieces appeared on both Turkish and international media outlets, including Haaretz, New York Times, Jerusalem Post, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, Al-Ahram and Foreign Policy; and he has been a frequent commentator on both Turkish and international TV channels. He is the author, most recently, of The State of Savagery: ISIS in Syria.