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Sibel Karabel holds two Master of Arts degrees one in ‘International Trade’ from Istanbul Trade University and the other in ‘European Union Politics and International Relations’ from Marmara University. Her dissertation entitles ‘The Global Implications of China’s Rise for the EU since the End of Cold War with Particular Reference to the Unipolar System’. In 2013 Mrs Karabel completed a certificate program in the department of International Relations at London School of Economics. Throughout her career she has worked for multinational companies as foreign trade expert. She is fluent in English; written and oral and has basic command of Italian. Her area of research interests primarily comprise European Union- Turkey Relations, security studies, and European Union- China Relations. She is working as a research fellow for BILGESAM since 2015.