İsmail Yaylacı is an assistant professor and chair in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University. He received his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and International Relations and in Sociology from Boğaziçi University (2005), where he also attained a master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations with his thesis, titled “’A Democratic Realist’ Foreign Policy: U.S. Democracy Promotion Policy Toward Egypt.” (2007) He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, U.S.A., with his dissertation, titled “Performative Socialization in World Politics: Islamism, Secularism and Democracy in Turkey and Egypt.” (2014) Previously he was on the faculty of Istanbul Şehir University’s Department of Political Science and International Relations from 2014 to 2020. He is the co-editor of Civilizations and World Order: Geopolitics and Cultural Difference (with Fred Dallmayr and M. Akif Kayapınar, Lexington Books, 2014) and more recently of A Transforming Diplomacy and Turkey: Actors, Fields, Instruments (Küre Publications, 2020). Besides book chapters in edited volumes, his publications appeared in Divan Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and International Journal of Middle East Studies. His research and teaching fields include international relations theory, international norms and institutions, international ethics, international security, Turkish foreign policy, Middle East politics, Islam and International Relations, Islamism, secularism, and democracy.