Prof. Jenny White

Writer and social anthropologist

Jenny White is the former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, and sits on the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington, DC.

Mohammad Behzad Fatmi

Political writer and commentator

Mohammad Behzad Fatmi writes widely in the Indian and international media, mainly on Turkish politics. He is a non-residential research fellow at Turkey Institute.

Mahmut Akpınar

Associate Professor of Political Science

Mahmut Akpinar is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He taught Turkish politics, Middle Eastern politics, Turkish political history, public administration and bureaucracy at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Bill Park

Visiting Research Fellow in the Defense Studies Department, King's College

Bill Park is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Defence Studies Department. He has extensively written on a range of Turkish foreign policy issues, its domestic Kurdish issue, the Fethullah Gulen movement, and the Ergenekon affair.

Dr Ayla Gol

Reader in International Politics, Aberytswyth University

Dr Ayla Gol is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics. She is the author of 'Turkey Facing East: Islam, Modernity & Foreign Policy'.

Kerim Balci

Editor of Turkish Review & Turkey Institute - Project Coordinator

Kerim Balci is a former columnist with Zaman Daily, a newspaper closed down by the Turkish government. He regularly contributes to Turkey Institute.

Prof. Tahir Abbas

Senior Research Fellow at RUSI

Tahir Abbas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London. He specialises in ethnic relations, radicalisation and violent extremism. In December 2016, he published a book on ethnicity, Islam and politics in Turkey. He is currently researching and writing two books.

Dr Ismail Sezgin

Executive Director, the Centre for Hizmet Studies

Ismail Mesut Sezgin holds a Doctorate from the Institute for Spirituality, Religion and Public Life at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests include ethics, Islam, Political Islam, Religious Extremism, Sufism and Turkish Politics. Sezgin is the Executive Director of the Centre for Hizmet Studies.

Dr Bezen Balamir Coskun

Associate professor of international relations

Bezen Balamir Coskun is an associate professor of international relations. She teaches courses on theories of international relations, security studies, Middle East security and Turkish foreign policy. Her main research interests are theories of international relations, security studies and conflict resolution with a geographical emphasise on the Middle East region.

Dr Kamal Alam

Visiting Fellow at RUSI

Kamal Alam is a Syrian military analyst and Fellow for Syrian Affairs at The Institute for Statecraft, and has been a visiting lecturer at several military academies and staff colleges in the Middle East, Britain and Pakistan

Dr Mustafa Demir

Mustafa Demir holds a PhD in the School of Politics and International Relations at Keele University. His research interests are: the Middle East and current developments, Turkey’s foreign and security policies, Kurdish question and perception of Kurds and Kurdistan in the Middle East and world politics.

Baroness Morris of Bolton, OBE, DL

Conservative Party politician

Baroness Morris is a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, Vice-President of the Conservative Middle East Council, and currently serves as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Jordan, Kuwait and the Palestinian Territories.

Prof. Alpaslan Özerdem

Co-Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Alpaslan Özerdem is Co-Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. He specialises in the politics of humanitarian interventions, disaster response, conflict prevention, reintegration of former combatants and post-conflict state building. He is also President of Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (CESRAN), a UK based think-tank.

Dr Mustafa Gurbuz

American University

Mustafa Gurbuz received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Connecticut and was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of South Florida. His areas of expertise are Turkish politics and society; Kurdish politics; Sociology of Islam; Middle Eastern politics.

Dr Bahar Baser

Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace, Trust and Social Relations

Bahar Baser is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace, Trust and Social Relations. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick at the Department of Politics and International Studies between 2012 and 2014. Bahar’s research interests include ethno-national conflicts and political violence, conflict resolution, third party mediation, migration and diaspora studies.

Lord Balfe of Dulwich

Conservative Party politician

The Lord Balfe of Dulwich is an active member of the House of Lords accepting the Conservative Party whip. He has a detailed knowledge of Turkey and its political life built up over 20 years of membership of the EP-Turkey joint Parliamentary Committee

Prof. Levent Koker

Faculty of Law, Atilum University

He is currently a member of the Faculty of Law in Atilum University. He has published many books, all in Turkish, including Modernization, Kemalism and Democracy (2009), Two Different Conceptions of Politics (2008), and Democracy, Critique and Turkey (2008).

Prof. Istar Gozaydin

Dogus University

Istar Gozaydin is a well-known professor of Law and Politics. She is the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at Dogus University, Istanbul. She studied at the New York University School of Law and Georgetown University International Law Institute, and holds an LLD degree from the Istanbul University.

Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis

MP for New Forest East

Dr Kerem Oktem

University of Oxford

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