Sevgi Akarcesme named new editor-in-chief of Today’s Zaman

Kenes had served in the post since the establishment of the paper on Jan. 16, 2007.

Kenes congratulated Akarcesme, with whom he worked at Today’s Zaman for over three years, and said he extended his best wishes at a time when Turkey is going through a difficult period. The former editor-in-chief also underlined that he believes with this appointment the principled, democratic and free line of Today’s Zaman that is appreciated around the world will be stronger.

Akarcesme, who has been known for her intellectual work, has been working for Today’s Zaman and then for Zaman for the last three-and-a-half years. Born in İstanbul in 1979, Akarcesme graduated from Kabatas High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University in 2001 with a full scholarship. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from İstanbul Bilgi University and a Masters of Art in Political Science from Temple University, where she attended the Ph.D. program and worked as a teaching assistant. Following her graduate studies in Philadelphia, she joined the Turkey Project at CSIS in Washington.

Upon returning to Turkey, she worked at the Office of the President from 2008 until the end of 2010, where she gained invaluable government experience. After working as an adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Center for Strategic Research from December 2010 to July 2011, she resigned from her job in the government and resumed her career in journalism.

Akarcesme’s master’s thesis was published as a book in 2010 titled “Military or Civilian Supremacy in Turkey? The New Framework of Civil-Military Relations in the Post-Feb. 28 Era.” In addition to academic articles, she has published articles and commentaries in a number of international media outlets.