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Lenore Martin

Lenore G. Martin (PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College in Boston. She is co-chair of the Middle East Seminar co-sponsored by Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Professor Martin has written books and numerous articles analyzing Turkish foreign policy, national security in the Gulf, and international politics of the larger Middle East. Her books include The Unstable Gulf: Threats from Within (Lexington Books 1984), New Frontiers in Middle East Security, edited (St. Martin’s/Palgrave, 1999 and 2001), The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy, co-edited with Dimitris Keridis, (MIT, 2004), and she is co-author of Israel and Palestine – Two States for Two Peoples: If Not Now then When, a Foreign Policy Association online book (2010). She has lectured and made presentations on many scholarly panels and symposiums in the United States and Canada, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In 2006 she served as a member the Carter Center/NDI Monitoring team for the Palestinian elections. She has received multiple grants for her research including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maurice Pechet Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences administered through the Kuwait Program Research Fund at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has received a number of Fulbright awards for work in Turkey including in 2005 and 2006 as a Senior Specialist and in 2010 as a Senior Researcher. Dr. Martin co-chaired the Seminar on Turkey in the Modern World at Harvard from 1999-2017. She is presently working on issues of Palestinian-Israeli peace, China and the Middle East, Turkish national security, and foreign policy both regionally and globally and U.S. Foreign Policy.


  • Professor of Political Science, Emmanuel College
  • Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs & Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University