Vahram Ter-Matevosyan specializes in Turkish domestic and foreign policy, Regional Security and Conflicts in the post-Soviet Space. He is also the Head of the Turkish Studies Department (part-time) at the Institute for Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. He studied at the University of Bergen (Norway), Lund University (Sweden), 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 “Europe-Asia Studies”, “Turkish Studies”, “Middle Eastern Studies”, “Insight Turkey”, “Turkish Review”, “Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies”, “Iran and the Caucasus”, “Diaspora Studies”, “Études Arméniennes Contemporaines”, “Caucasus Analytical Digest”, “International Review of Turkish Studies”, “UC Berkeley Armenian Studies Program Occasional Papers”, Contemporary Eurasia etc.

Assistant Professor

BA, Yerevan State University, Department of History
MA, Lund University, Sweden, Center for East and Southeast Asian Studies
PhD, Institute of Oriental Studies, NAS, Yerevan
Doctorate education, Bergen University, Norway, Center for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Office location
135W, Paramaz Avedisian Building


(+374 60) 61 26 73

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 Comparative Regional Politics
  • PSIA324 Security Policy
  • PSIA325 Ethnicity and Geopolitics in the South Caucasus

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

  • “Armenian Foreign Policy: Problems of Institutional Developments” in Armenia’s Foreign Policy: Some Perspectives  Stephan Astourian. UC Berkeley 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)
  • Integration vs. Security: Revisiting Armenia’s Decision to Join the Eurasian Economic Union”, 14th International Academic Conference proceedings, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES), Prague, 2014, 424 (in English)
  • “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 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


  • “Praying under restrictions: Islam, Identity and Social Change in Azerbaijan”, Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 69, no. 5, DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2017.1333086
  • “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 (coauthored with Danielyan, et al).
  • “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. vol. 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. 4/3, pp. 350-351.
  • “Framing National Security Objectives: The Cases of Azerbaijan and Georgia”. Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. 2013. vol. 13/3, pp. 325-340.
  • “Republican Origins of Kemalism: The Early Phase of Evolution”. International Review of Turkish Studies. 2011. vol. 1/4, pp. 44-61.
  • “The Armenian Community and the AK Party: Finding Trust under the Crescent”. Insight Turkey. 2010, vol. 12/4, pp. 93-111.
  • “The Republican People’s Party between 1960 and 2010: The half-century of transformation of Turkey’s founding party”. The Near and Middle Eastern States and Nations. 2010, vol. 29, pp. 52-69. (in Armenian)
  • “Kemalism as a Social Movement: Transforming Patterns of Collective Identities in Turkey”.Turkic and Ottoman Studies.  vol. 6, pp. 86-104. (in Armenian)