Austrian Ambassador to Turkey Klaus Wölfer presented Bağcı with the honor in a ceremony at the Austrian Embassy in Ankara on Jan. 13. The badge is awarded by Austria's Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
Bağcı has focused his academic career on Turkish foreign policy and Turkish-German relations, on which he has published several books and many articles. He has also taught at several universities across Europe throughout his career.
Bağcı received his Ph. D. in Political Science from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn in 1998. He has been a guest researcher at the German Society for Foreign Affairs (DGAP) in Bonn and a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn. He is currently a member of IISS in London and the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. He is also Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy Institute in Ankara.