Counter-terrorism and the Prospects of Human Rights: Securitizing Difference and Dissent (2017), New Security Challenges Series, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

This book offers a systematic analysis of how the interaction between language of security and language of rights produces policies which not only affect everyday functioning of democracy, but also redefine the understanding of sovereignty. Demirsu presents a rich theoretical framework and a novel methodological design, premised on a multi-method qualitative research that offers a comparative analysis of counter-terrorism and human rights in Turkey and the United Kingdom. While Part I offers an analysis of the evolution of these two key policy-areas in relation to each other, Part II presents the findings of the frame analysis of parliamentary debates, both concluding by mapping out cross-cutting patterns in these two cases. As a result, the author demonstrates in detail how discourse and policy-making are mutually constitutive from a comparative angle.


Demirsu, Ipek (2017) “Talking Security and Rights: Framing the Counter-terrorism Legislation in the UK.” Journal of Language and Politics, vol. 16 issue. 6, DOI:10.1075/jlp.15043.dem. 

Demirsu, Ipek & Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (2017) “The Turkish-EU Cooperation on the Refugee Crisis: The Turkish Perceptions in the Parliamentary Debates,” PACO Working Paper, No. 07 August 2017, Jean Monnet Network PACO-Interparliamentary Cooperation in the EU’s External Action.

Demirsu Ipek & Müftüler-Baç, Meltem (forthcoming 2018) “The Turkish-EU Cooperation on the Refugee Crisis: The Turkish Perceptions in the Parliamentary Debates,” in (eds.) Kolja Raube, Jan Wouters, and Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Demirsu, Ipek & Cihangir-Tetik, Damla, (forthcoming 2018) “Constructing the Partnership with Turkey on the Refugee Crisis: EU Perceptions and Expectations,” in Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.


2017  September,  8th International Conference ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge-Medworks (University of Salerno) “The Turkey-EU Cooperation on the Refugee Crisis: Turkish Perceptions in the Parliamentary Debates” (Co-authored with Prof. Meltem Müftüler-Baç)

2017 March, The European Union and Turkey in Times of crisis (KU Leuven) “The European Union’s Perspective on The Refugee Deal with Turkey” (Co-authored with Damla Cihangir- Tetik) 

2016 February, Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in Europe and Beyond International Conference (Brussels) “Framing the Partnership: Expectations and Perceptions of the Turkey- EU Cooperation on the Refugee Crisis”

 2015 October, Workshop at VU Amsterdam (Amsterdam)  “EU and the Democratization of National Security in Turkey: Policies and Perceptions, 

2015 June,  Security in the European Union and Its Neighborhood: Challenges and Policy Responses, with the  Support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union (Dundee) “Breaking with the Dark Past? European Union and the Democratization of Security Policies in Turkey”

2015 April, Maximizing the Integration Capacity of Europe, Young Researchers Workshop (Istanbul) “Breaking with the Dark Past? European Union and the Democratization of Security Policies in Turkey”

2015 April, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago) “Prevalent Policy Frames in the Making of Counter-terrorism Policies: A Comparative Analysis of Turkey and the UK”

2013 November, New Zealand Political Science Association Conference (Christchurch) “The Trade-off between Human Rights and National Security: A Comparative Analysis of the UK  and Turkey”

2012  June,   BISA-ISA Joint Conference (Edinburgh) “Is WikiLeaks the Harbinger of Global Civil Society or a Re-affirmation of Realism in World Politics?”

2012  April,   Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago) “Role of the European Public Opinion in Turkey’s EU-bid.”

2011  June,    ATINER-9th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Affairs (Athens) “Political Islam and The Spiral Model of Human Rights Change: The Case of Turkish Penal Code Reform and Women’s Human Rights.”

2010  September,   ECPR Graduate Conference (Dublin) “Political Islam and the Protection of Women’s Human Rights”