Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haldun Yalçınkaya addressed alternative arguments about whether the modern warfare should be described as old or new. According to Dr. Yalçınkaya, there is not a definitive answer which best reflects war in the modern world as there is little in the way of debate at all. His lecture evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of each argument, namely “new war” and “old war”, in detail. Dr. Yalçınkaya concluded by indicating the middle way between these camps and underlined the new approach emerging as Critical Strategic Studies. The seminar ended with a Q&A session, mostly focusing on ISIS as a fundamental security threat in the contemporary world.
Haldun Yalçınkaya graduated from Kuleli Military High School and later Turkish Military Academy. During his military service as an officer, he completed his post-graduate studies in International Relations at İstanbul University. He studied “peacekeeping” at MA level and “transformation of war” at Ph.D. level. After earning his Ph.D. degree, he had academic studies at Oxford University, West Point Military Academy and the University of Florida. Furthermore, during his military service, he served in Afghanistan in 2005. He published two books on war issues and several academic articles. After serving more than ten years at Turkish Military Academy he has been Associate Professor in International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology since 2013. As of now, Dr.Yalçınkaya has been conducting research on Foreign Fighters.