Dear Political Economy is the outcome of my profound

Dear Madam / Sir,It is my ambition to become a political/economicadvisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or the Ministry of EconomicDevelopment of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as getting an opportunity towork in such international organizations as the UN (e.g. UNDP), the World Bankand/or the IMF. Therefore, I am applying for the Master program of GlobalPolitical Economy at Leiden University, starting in Fall semester 2018-2019.

I have a huge interest in politics (especially in itsbranch of International Relations) and its two-way relations with economics.Generally, political rivalry leads to subsequent economic maneuvers, whileeconomic advances in one state/region are becoming the main reason forpolitical concerns in other states / regions. We learn David Ricardo and AdamSmith’s positive views on liberal open markets and benefits of “comparativeadvantage”, however, these theoretical approaches are far away from therealities we may witness today. So why is there such a gap between the theoryof liberalism and the reality of mercantilism and excessive protectionism?As a result of permanent desire to answer thisquestion, I could make up my mind. My decision to continue my education byspecializing in the field of Global Political Economy is the outcome of myprofound interest in the intersection and interaction of these two seeminglydifferent, but in reality, very interconnected areas.

Despite my huge interestand desire to gain some practical experience, it was an almost impossible taskfor me to find a related internship in the state institutions and/or governmentbodies here in Turkey, where I am considered an international student, taken Iam not a citizen and some of my rights to apply for an internship here werelimited. Therefore, the only available alternative for me was studying hard andaccumulating the theoretical knowledge in order to prepare myself for thefuture career prospective. Meanwhile, I still was not giving up my searches forpractical skills. Fortunately, my aspirations and pursuit were not in vain.Ultimately, thanks to my arduous work and endless efforts, I could get an internshipat the Ihsan Do?ramac? Peace Foundation’s Center for Foreign Policy and PeaceResearch during my final year of studies, which is headquartered in BilkentUniversity’s Campus.

I was delighted with this long-awaited event, since myinstructor, who is also a staff member at the Center – impressed by my academicperformance – positioned me as his research assistant, while his main researchtopic concerns Russian political agenda towards the “Near Abroad”, and its mainforeign political and economic objectives, their forms, ways of implementationas well as the degree of their impact on world political affairs. Thanks to theobtained intern position at the Center, I became especially interested in thesphere of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russian Federation,Russian-CIS and Russian-West relations. Additionally, the fact that my mothertongue is Russian, and the fact that I am from Azerbaijan (former SovietSocialist Republic), which was significantly influenced by Russian culture, givesme the advantage over other researchers in the field in terms of relative easeof becoming better acquainted with the situation in the country, and collectunique (sometimes even inaccessible) data for my research. Nevertheless, I amnot going to limit myself only to Russian Federation and the CIS region.Speaking about culture, I would like to explicitlyaccentuate that knowledge from other disciplines, as well as of other culturesand languages makes this field so complex, however, simultaneously, this iswhat makes it, thus, more fascinating. Simultaneously, such facts as knowingaround 6 languages, being born in and living for 8 years in Israel, then movingto Azerbaijan and living there for most of my life, in addition to the factthat I study here – at Bilkent University, Turkey – already for 4 years, andlove travelling a lot – all that gave me the opportunity to meet very differentpeople from extremely diverse backgrounds, cultures and with various values.This has improved me in terms of communicating with these people, becoming evenmore tolerant, respectful and multicultural as well as reaching anunderstanding with them.

Since the profile of Leiden University seems to beeven more highly international and interdisciplinary than it is in Bilkent,this impression makes your Master program in Global Political Economy anexcellent addition to the knowledge I already possess and which I am going toextend during my last semester.Courses such as Micro- / Macroeconomics, Politics ofInternational Economy, Game Theory and International Politics, World EnergyPolitics, and International Organizations and other related courses associatedwith International Law covered here at Bilkent University, helped me a lot ingetting aware of the current tendencies in World political affairs, im- /balances of power and the ways of getting through the conflicts until achievingpeace, security and stability. What I believe is that by getting this Masterprogram at Leiden University, I will deepen not only my understandings ofpersistent conflicts in any fragile region, but also will be able to explainthem and propose policy resolutions that will for sure weaken the roots of theproblem until its very eradication. Another hope of mine is that LeidenUniversity will provide me with the opportunities I have always been pursuing,namely, combining theories with practice, especially in the field ofconflict-peace scrutiny and subsequent resolution to largely contribute to thesustainable peace, security and development.I hope I will be granted this chance of making myambitions come true, as I strongly believe that I am capable of meeting all therequired criteria, if not exceeding your possible expectations.Thank you for considering my application.Yours sincerely,