2016 Yenching Scholars
Gökhan Er

Gökhan Er

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Gökhan Er studied Economics at Boğazici University, Istanbul, with a minor in International Relations and Political Science. At Boğaziçi, he actively participated in the school newspaper as editor-in-chief, and interned at NGOs such as Transparency International. He later became a Confucius Institute Scholar in Shanghai University’s non-degree Chinese language program. His interest in Chinese culture is not only limited to linguistics. He also focuses on the media landscape in China and the political economy of Asia-Pacific countries too. Gökhan is pursuing his interest in international relations and politics through his studies at the Yenching Academy.

Yagmur Ersan

Yagmur Ersan

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Yagmur Ersan received her B.S. degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and also received her M.A. degree from the same university and department. Yagmur has worked on China-Africa relations within the context of South-South cooperation, and as a case study she focused on China-South African relations in her dissertation. She has worked at the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), which is one of the largest and most well-known think tanks in Turkey. She has also studied Chinese at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Her main areas of interest are Chinese foreign policy, energy politics, and Asian affairs. At the Yenching Academy, she is focusing on Chinese Foreign Policy.

Deniz Cem Ozensoy

Deniz Cem Ozensoy

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Deniz Cem Ozensoy arrived at the Yenching Academy from Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from the University of Chicago with BA degrees in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Economics. Currently he is interested in international relations and he is studying Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy. He intends to do research on projects that promote international integration and cooperation led by China such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank and the New Silk Road Project. He has been to China three times in the past, which all add up to 7 months of living in China. He is interested in modern and pre-modern Chinese history as well as China’s position in international politics.