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Bill Park is Visiting Research Fellow in the Defence Studies Department, King’s College, London. He serves as a council member for the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), is an editorial board member for the journal Mediterranean Politics, sits on the international advisory panel for the journal Turkish Studies, and is an advisor to the Centre for Turkish Studies (CEFTUS). He was Visiting Scholar at TOBB-ET University in Ankara January-April 2016. Among his publications are his book ‘Modern Turkey: People, State and Foreign Policy in a Globalized World’, published by Routledge in 2012 and numerous journal articles and blogs. He is frequently consulted on Turkish politics by government departments, parliamentary committees and others, and has also been used by various media outlets as a Turkey expert.

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Dr Anthony Derisiotis is a lecturer of Turkey and the Middle East, at the Department of Turkish and Modern Asian studies, of the National and Capodistrian University of Athens. He has graduated from the Department of Turkish Studies of the University of Cyprus and got his MA and PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK. He teaches Turkish political history and foreign policy. His publications and research interests include Turkish domestic and foreign politics, with a special focus in the Middle East and the United States, as well as the Kurdish issue. He has previously held a research associate position at the Hellenic House of Parliament.

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Arolda Elbasani is a visiting scholar at the NYU, NY; Academic Advisor for a project on New Statehood, Soros Foundation Kosovo; and senior analyst for the Wikistrat Academic Network. She holds a PHD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence. She has held research and teaching positions at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, Florence; Columbia University; Social Sciences Research Center, Berlin; European University of Tirana and Free University, Berlin. She has many academic articles published at several journals.

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Philip Kowalski is an US based researcher, did his postgraduate degree at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, where he studied Kurdish history. He previously lived in Turkey from 2012-2016, during which he traveled extensively across Turkey, the Kurdish southeast, and the Syrian-Turkish border, where he witnessed the rise and fall of the peace process between the Turkish government and the PKK.

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Roie Yellinek is a doctoral student in the department of Middle East Studies at Bar-Ilan University Israel, a fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum and China-Med Project, and a freelance journalist.

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Dr. Racho Donef , author, historian, and human rights activist, is an academic scholar who continues to bring clarity to important Assyrian-related topics in society and culture. He worked at both the Federal and NSW State Public Services for many years. He has also been tutoring at the Workers’ Education Association, where he mainly taught subjects related to Middle Eastern religions and politics, as well as the Turkish language.

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Roberto Frifrini, currently based in Paris, is a human right defender focusing on Turkey and South-East Mediterranean countries (minorities and migrants’ rights, civil liberties, geopolitics, EU policies) He is a member of the Human Rights Agenda Association, a Turkish NGO currently based in Izmir and a freelance journalist.

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Paul Cormier, PhD in political science, is an associate researcher at the Centre Emile Durkheim (UMR 5116)/Sciences Po Bordeaux and at the Centre de recherche sur l'action politique of the University of Lausanne. His researches focus on the sociology of collective action and revolutionary movements in authoritarian context. He published several academic works on Turkey matters

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Nathaniel Handy is a writer and academic with over ten years of experience in international print and broadcast media. He is the author of the chapter "Turkey's Evolving Relations with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq since the Arab Spring" in Turkey's Relations with the Middle East: Political Encounters after the Arab Spring (Isiksal & Goksel [eds], Springer, 2018), the article "Turkey's Shifting Relations with its Middle East Neighbors During the Davutoglu Era: History, Power and Policy" (Bilgi Dergisi Journal, 2011), and he presented a paper at the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) annual conference in 2014 on Turkish relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. He holds an MA in Middle East Studies from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, UK.

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Joe Hammoura is a specialist in Middle Eastern and Turkish affairs and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in International Relations at Kocaeli University in Turkey. He is co-founder at lsdlebanon.org, holds a Masters in International Relations with Honors from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon (2015), and a BA in Political and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University (2008). His work focuses on the internal Turkish policies, foreign affairs and its direct and indirect implications on the Middle East. He is a fellow researcher in Turkish Affairs in the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) based in Lebanon. Additionally he writes in different magazines, newspapers and websites about Middle Eastern affairs.

 

 

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