I am head of the Department of Public Administration and assistant professor of politics and international relations at Adiyaman University. I received my PhD in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. I hold a Masters in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, and a BA in the School of Political Sciences at Istanbul University. I am peace and conflict studies editor at CESRAN International.
Currently, I am working on three projects: The first project is ‘Impossible Peace: Conflict Resolution Processes towards Ending Ethno-nationalist Conflicts’, which is my current book project. The second project is about the Syrian civil war, particularly on ‘The Proxy War in Syria’. This project aims to assess how sub-state and non-state armed groups are used as a tactical tool by regional and international powers in order to shape the war in Syria. The third project is the ‘Backchannel Communication Channels in the Contemporary Conflicts’. In this project, I aim to explore the influence of covert negotiations in five major ethno-nationalist conflicts in the world: the Northern Irish, Turkey’s Kurdish, Spanish, Colombian and Philippines conflicts.
My PhD project focused on conflict resolution processes towards ending ethno-nationalist conflicts. The research assessed political, non-violent resolution efforts within the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Turkey. The conflict resolution efforts of states, sub-state armed groups and independent third parties have been investigated to reach a comprehensive understanding. My research was funded by the Ministry of National Education, the Republic of Turkey.