Marmara University Research Center for International Relations (MURCIR)was established in 1994 by the academic members of the Department of Political Science and International Relations with the initiative of its first Director, Prof. Kemali Saybaşılı.
He was in turn succeeded by Prof. Şule Kut, Assoc. Prof. Esra Çayhan, Prof. Günay Göksu Özdoğan and Prof. Sema Erder. The current Director is Prof. Günay Göksu Özdoğan, who was appointed again in October 2007.
MURCIR aims to provide an academic and intellectual forum and carry research in recent developments in the field of International Relations. For its initial research activity, the Center undertook to write a project on “New Balkans and Turkey” solicited by the Turkish Foreign Ministry in 1995. With an aim to initiate and contribute to platforms of discussions, MURCIR has so far taken a keen interest in post-1990 Balkan issues, Greco-Turkish relations, conflict resolution in the Middle East, Turkey's relations with the EU, foreign policy analysis of recent Turkish governments, global politicization of ethnicity, re-evaluation of international relations paradigms, international migration, citizenship and climate change. It has collaborated with national (Middle East Technical University, Political Science Faculty of Ankara University) and foreign (ELIAMEP-Hellenic Foundation for Defense and Foreign Policy, Haifa University, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Goethe Institute, American Information Resource Center, UNHCR, National Institute for Working Life, NIWL-Sweden) institutions in organization of conferences, symposiums and workshops in Istanbul addressing academics, journalists, practitioners, and university students concerned with current international issues.
It has published two books in English (Günay Göksu Özdoğan-Kemali Saybaşılı, eds., Balkans: A Mirror of the New International Order, İstanbul: Eren, 1995; Günay Göksu Özdoğan-Gül Tokay, eds., Redefining the Nation, State and Citizen, İstanbul: Eren, 2000); contributed to fair publications (Kemali Saybaşılı-Gencer Özcan, eds. Yeni Balkanlar, Eski Sorunlar, (Old Problems Reconsidered in New Balkans) İstanbul: Bağlam, 1997; Gencer Özcan-Şule Kut, eds., En Uzun Onyıl, (The Longest Decade: Turkish Foreign Policy in 1990’s) İstanbul: Boyut, 1998; Ayhan Kaya-Günay Göksu Özdoğan, eds.,Uluslararası İlişkilerde Sınır Tanımayan Sorunlar: Göç, Güvenlik, Adalet, Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Yurttaşlık (Transboundary Issues in International Relations: Migration, Security, Justice, Gender, Citizenship) İstanbul: Bağlam, 2003; Bo Johansson-Emrehan Zeybekoğlu, eds., “Labor” in Migration as a European Challenge: Views from Sweden and Turkey, İstanbul: YKY, 2003 (in collaboration with NIWL).