Vamik D. Volkan, MD is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia; an Emeritus Training and Supervising Analyst at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis; and an Emeritus Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center. He is the Emeritus President of the International Dialogue Initiative and a former President of the Turkish-American Neuropsychiatric Society, the International Society of Political Psychology, the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society and the American College of Psychoanalysts.
Dr. Volkan was a member of the International Negotiation Network under the directorship of former President Jimmy Carter, an Inaugural Yitzhak Rabin Fellow, Rabin Center for Israeli Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel; a visiting Professor of Psychiatry at four universities in Turkey, a visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at East-European Institute of Psychoanalysis, Saint Petersburg, Russia; a visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts; a Fulbright/Sigmund Freud-Foundation Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Vienna, Austria; a visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna; and a visiting Professor at El Bosque University, Bogota, Colombia. He was also a board member of the Freud Foundation in Vienna and a member of the Working Group on Terror and Terrorism, International Psychoanalytic Association.
Dr. Volkan is the author, coauthor, editor or co-editor of 62 psychoanalytic and psychopolitical books. He has written hundreds of published papers and book chapters. He is a recipient of the Nevitt Sanford, Elise Hayman, Bryce Boyer, Hans Strupp, Sigmund Freud (given by the city of Vienna), Mary Sigourney and the Gradiva 2021 Best Book Awards, and the Margaret Mahler Literature Prize. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times; letters of support were sent from 27 countries.
Volkan, V. D. (1988). The Need to Have Enemies and Allies: From Clinical Practice to International Relationships. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.
Volkan, V. D. (2013). Enemies on the Couch: A Psychopolitical Journey Through War and Peace. Durham, NC: Pitchstone.
Volkan, V. D. (2020). Large-Group psychology: Racism, Societal Divisions, Narcissistic Leaders and Who We Are Now. London: Phoenix.