Dear Madam / Sir,
It is my ambition to become a political/economic
advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or the Ministry of Economic
Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as getting an opportunity to
work in such international organizations as the UN (e.g. UNDP), the World Bank
and/or the IMF. Therefore, I am applying for the Master program of Global
Political Economy at Leiden University, starting in Fall semester 2018-2019.
I have a huge interest in politics (especially in its
branch of International Relations) and its two-way relations with economics.
Generally, political rivalry leads to subsequent economic maneuvers, while
economic advances in one state/region are becoming the main reason for
political concerns in other states / regions. We learn David Ricardo and Adam
Smith’s positive views on liberal open markets and benefits of “comparative
advantage”, however, these theoretical approaches are far away from the
realities we may witness today. So why is there such a gap between the theory
of liberalism and the reality of mercantilism and excessive protectionism?
As a result of permanent desire to answer this
question, I could make up my mind. My decision to continue my education by
specializing in the field of Global Political Economy is the outcome of my
profound interest in the intersection and interaction of these two seemingly
different, but in reality, very interconnected areas. Despite my huge interest
and desire to gain some practical experience, it was an almost impossible task
for me to find a related internship in the state institutions and/or government
bodies here in Turkey, where I am considered an international student, taken I
am not a citizen and some of my rights to apply for an internship here were
limited. Therefore, the only available alternative for me was studying hard and
accumulating the theoretical knowledge in order to prepare myself for the
future career prospective. Meanwhile, I still was not giving up my searches for
practical skills. Fortunately, my aspirations and pursuit were not in vain.
Ultimately, thanks to my arduous work and endless efforts, I could get an internship
at the Ihsan Do?ramac? Peace Foundation’s Center for Foreign Policy and Peace
Research during my final year of studies, which is headquartered in Bilkent
University’s Campus. I was delighted with this long-awaited event, since my
instructor, who is also a staff member at the Center – impressed by my academic
performance – positioned me as his research assistant, while his main research
topic concerns Russian political agenda towards the “Near Abroad”, and its main
foreign political and economic objectives, their forms, ways of implementation
as well as the degree of their impact on world political affairs. Thanks to the
obtained intern position at the Center, I became especially interested in the
sphere of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russian Federation,
Russian-CIS and Russian-West relations. Additionally, the fact that my mother
tongue is Russian, and the fact that I am from Azerbaijan (former Soviet
Socialist Republic), which was significantly influenced by Russian culture, gives
me the advantage over other researchers in the field in terms of relative ease
of becoming better acquainted with the situation in the country, and collect
unique (sometimes even inaccessible) data for my research. Nevertheless, I am
not going to limit myself only to Russian Federation and the CIS region.
Speaking about culture, I would like to explicitly
accentuate that knowledge from other disciplines, as well as of other cultures
and languages makes this field so complex, however, simultaneously, this is
what makes it, thus, more fascinating. Simultaneously, such facts as knowing
around 6 languages, being born in and living for 8 years in Israel, then moving
to Azerbaijan and living there for most of my life, in addition to the fact
that I study here – at Bilkent University, Turkey – already for 4 years, and
love travelling a lot – all that gave me the opportunity to meet very different
people from extremely diverse backgrounds, cultures and with various values.
This has improved me in terms of communicating with these people, becoming even
more tolerant, respectful and multicultural as well as reaching an
understanding with them. Since the profile of Leiden University seems to be
even more highly international and interdisciplinary than it is in Bilkent,
this impression makes your Master program in Global Political Economy an
excellent addition to the knowledge I already possess and which I am going to
extend during my last semester.
Courses such as Micro- / Macroeconomics, Politics of
International Economy, Game Theory and International Politics, World Energy
Politics, and International Organizations and other related courses associated
with International Law covered here at Bilkent University, helped me a lot in
getting aware of the current tendencies in World political affairs, im- /
balances of power and the ways of getting through the conflicts until achieving
peace, security and stability. What I believe is that by getting this Master
program at Leiden University, I will deepen not only my understandings of
persistent conflicts in any fragile region, but also will be able to explain
them and propose policy resolutions that will for sure weaken the roots of the
problem until its very eradication. Another hope of mine is that Leiden
University will provide me with the opportunities I have always been pursuing,
namely, combining theories with practice, especially in the field of
conflict-peace scrutiny and subsequent resolution to largely contribute to the
sustainable peace, security and development.
I hope I will be granted this chance of making my
ambitions come true, as I strongly believe that I am capable of meeting all the
required criteria, if not exceeding your possible expectations.
Thank you for considering my application.