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Serdar Ş. Güner
Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences

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Serdar Ş. Güner obtained his PhD degree from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, the University of Geneva in 1990. His thesis is titled: A Game Theoretical Analysis of Alliance Formation and Dissolution: The Case Study of the Relationship Among the United States, the Soviet Union, and the People's Republic of China, 1949-1972. He spent the next two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austin before joining the Department of International Relations, Bilkent University. He won Bilkent University Distinguished Teacher Award in 2002. Serdar Ş. Güner gave seminars and lectures on game theory and negotiation problems at various government agencies and universities, participated to international conventions, served as a referee for scientific journals. He is an amateur trumpet player and painter.

Research Interests

International relations theory, philosophy of science, semiotics, game theoretic modeling in international relations, evolutionary processes, bronze-age history, religion and IR.


Serdar Ş. Güner (forthcoming) "Wendt Versus Pollock: Toward Visual Semiotics in the Discipline of IR Theory" Semiotica

Serdar Ş. Güner (now online) "Kenneth Waltz talks through Mark Rothko: Visual metaphors in the discipline of International Relations Theory" Semiotica 10.1515/sem-2018-0042

Serdar Ş. Güner (2018) "Balances of Power in the Hatti-Egypt-Mittani System (1400-1300 B.C.)" in Attinger et al. (eds.) Text and Image. Leuven, Paris, Bristol: Peeters.

Serdar Ş. Güner and Dilan E. Koç (2018) "Leverages and Constraints for Turkish Foreign Policy in Syrian War: A Structural Balance Approach" Uluslararasi Iliskiler Dergisi Vol.15, No.19, October Issue

Serdar Ş. Güner (2017) "An Evolutionary Game Analysis of Balancing and Bandwagoning in Unipolar Systems" Journal of Game Theory Vol.6, No.2, July Issue (

Serdar Ş. Güner and Dilan E. Koç (2017) "The Syrian Conflict: Driving Forces of Balances and Imbalances" Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Vol.21, No.2, August-September Issue (

Serdar Ş. Güner and Dilan E. Koç (2017) "Shifting Balances of Power in the Syrian Conflict" Turkish Policy Quarterly Spring Issue

Serdar Ş. Güner (2016) "Secularization, Evolution, and Politics" Politics, Religion & Ideology 17(2-3): 191-209.

Serdar Ş. Güner (2014) "Turkey's EU Accession Prospects Under Turkish Successes and Failures in Economics, Foreign Policy, and Domestic Reforms" in Bülent Temel (ed.) The Great Catalyst: European Union Project and Lessons from Greece and Turkey. New York: Lexington Books.

Serdar Ş. Güner (2013) "Alternative Futures for the European Union-Turkey Accession Negotiations" Central European Journal of International Studies and Security 7(2): 40-59.

Serdar Ş. Güner (2012) "A Short Note on the Use of Game Theory in Analyses of International Relations" E-International Relations June 21

Serdar Ş. Güner (2012) "Religion and Preferences: A Decision-Theoretic Explanation of Turkey's New Foreign Policy" Foreign Policy Analysis 8: 217-230.

Serdar Ş. Güner (2010) "Uyuşmazlıkların oyun kuramsal modellenmesi: İran-A.B.D. nükleer anlaşmazlığı " in Nimet Beriker (ed.) Çatışmadan Uzlaşmaya: Kuramlar, Süreçler, ve Uygulamalar. Bilgi Universitesi Yayınları.

Serdar Ş. Güner (2008) "Towards Evolutionary Explanations of Syrian-Turkish Water Dispute" in Ellen Wiegandt (ed.) Mountains: Sources of Water, Sources of Knowledge Dordrecht: Springer.

Serdar Ş. Güner (2007) "Greek-Turkish Territorial Waters Game" in Rudolf Avenhaus and I. William Zartman (eds.) Diplomacy Games: Formal Models and International Negotiations Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.

Serdar Ş. Güner (2004) "Aegean Territorial Waters Conflict: An Evolutionary Narrative" Conflict Management and Peace Science 21: 297-312.

Serdar Ş. Güner (2003) "Oyun Kuramı ve Uluslararası Politika (Game Theory and International Politics)" ODTÜ Gelişme 30:163-180.

Serdar Ş. Güner and Daniel Druckman (2003) "Tushratta's Requests to the Pharaohs" in Guy Olivier Faure (ed.) How People Negotiate Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Serdar Ş. Güner and Daniel Druckman (2000) "Identification of a Princess Under Incomplete Information: An Amarna Story" Theory and Decision 48: 383-407.

Daniel Druckman and Serdar Ş. Güner (2000) "A Social-Psychological Analysis of Amarna Diplomacy" in Raymond Cohen and Raymond Westbrook (eds.) Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Serdar Ş. Güner (1999) "Water Alliances in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin" in Steve C. Lonergan (ed.) Environmental Change, Adaptation, and Security Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Nur Bilge Criss and Serdar Ş. Güner (1999) "Geopolitical Configurations: The Russia-Turkey-Iran Triangle" Security Dialogue 30:365-376.

Serdar Ş. Güner (1998) "Signalling in the Turkish-Syrian Water Conflict" Conflict Management and Peace Science 16:185-206.

Serdar Ş. Güner (1997) "The Turkish-Syrian War of Attrition: the Water Dispute." Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 20: 105-116.

Urs Luterbacher and Serdar Ş. Güner (1996) "Regional Freshwater Resources and Global Change," in Proceedings of Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Programme, Third Scientific Symposium.

Supervised Graduate Students

Didem Akan
Egehan Altınbay
Sabri Aydın
Reşat Bayer
Mustafa Gürbüz
Bugra Sarı
Burcu Sarı
İ. Erkam Sula
Zeynep Burcu Yavuz


IR 4114/5114 Religion and IR Theories
IR 413 Game Theory and International Politics
IR 335 International Relations Theory
IR 333 Foreign Policy Analysis
IR 227 Research Methods

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