Ekrem T. Baser

Ekrem T. Baser

Postdoctoral Associate

New York University Abu Dhabi

I am a Postdoctoral Associate at the Division of Social Science in New York University Abu Dhabi. I am interested in commitment problems as a major source of friction in international relations. In my dissertation, I have focused on how reputational incentives alleviate commitment problems, pertaining to conflict or cooperation, when states' priorities and abilities are subject to change. More broadly, my theoretical work contributes to questions of how commitment problems emerge, how they lead to inefficient conflict or breakdown of cooperation, how they relate to information problems, and how they can be overcome. My empirical work tests the implications of these theories in both conflict and IPE contexts. I am also interested in these questions in domestic settings, particularly with regard to institutional formation and political violence.

  • International Relations
  • Political Economy
  • Formal Political Theory
  • Political Methodology
  • PhD in Political Science, 2020

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • MA in Political Science, 2014

    Kent State University

  • MA in Russian Studies, 2011

    Georgetown University

  • BSc in International Relations, 2009

    Middle East Technical University



Working Papers

Work in Progress

  • Accidental Use of Force in International Relations (with Muhammet Bas and Ömer Faruk Örsün)
  • Citizen Expectations, Agency Reputation, and Public Service Quality (with Evrim Tan)
  • Cities, Bargaining, and Commitment Problems during Civil War Termination (with Gary Uzonyi)
  • Uncertainty vs. Commitment Problems as Causes of War
  • Commitment Problems, Economic Production, and Property Rights (with Tanguy Le Fur)


You can download my c.v. here


  • ekrem.baser@nyu.edu
  • Social Science Building (A5)
    NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Campus,
    PO Box 129188, Abu Dhabi,