Research Team
Nazife AL Secretary General

Nazife AL graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University, International Relations Department in 2010. She is currently pursuing her master degree in International Relations at Middle East Technical University

Yeşil DENİZ Research Assistant

Yesil joined EDAM as a Research Assistant in January 2016. She received her BSc. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012. With almost two years of work experience, accumulated in the realms of corruption and internationally-funded development projects (mainly European Union tenders), Yesil returned back to the LSE in October 2014. She completed her MSc. in Development Management, to examine the political and economic causes of development and non-development. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between corruption and foreign direct investment.

Fevzi Doruk ERGUN Research Fellow

F. Doruk Ergun is a research fellow at the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), where he works on foreign policy and security issues. In his research at EDAM, he has mainly covered Turkish foreign policy and security, the Syrian Civil War, ISIS, radicalisation and counter-radicalisation, Russia, NATO and transatlantic affairs, nuclear security, nuclear energy, and cyber security issues. Ergun was a research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly before assuming his position at EDAM. He received his MA in International Affairs with a focus on International Security Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2011 and his BA in Social and Political Sciences from Sabancı University in 2009.

Can KASAPOĞLU Defense Analyst

Asst. Prof. Dr. Can Kasapoglu is a War Studies and Security Studies scholar and military analyst. Dr. Kasapoglu gained his Ph.D. degree from the Turkish War College-Strategic Researches Institute in 2011 by successfully defending his dissertation on Assessing Conventional Forces in Low Intensity Conflicts, and his M.Sc. degree from the Turkish Military Academy-Defense Sciences Institute in 2008 with his thesis on Turkish armed resistance and special forces operations in Cyprus before 1974. In 2015 – 2016, Dr. Kasapoglu pursued his academic studies in the NATO Defense College, Rome. Asst. Prof .Dr. Kasapoglu served at several reputable think-tanks as visiting researcher, including the BESA Center in Israel, and the FRS in France. Assistant Prof. Dr. Can Kasapoglu specializes in strategic weapon systems with a special focus on chemical & biological warfare, missile proliferation and missile defense, hybrid warfare, NATO's collective defense and cooperative security issues, Turkish - Israeli relations, global and regional military modernization trends, geopolitics, and open-source strategic intelligence. Dr. Kasapoglu has spoken at the NATO Defense College, Baltic Defense College, annual conference of International Society of Military Sciences, Warsaw Security Forum, and other reputable platforms. He taught courses of War and Strategy Theory, Global Peace and Security, Civil-Military Relations, Contemporary Terrorism Studies, and Geopolitics at Girne American University. Dr. Kasapoglu  is a frequent contributor to international press and strategic community outlets such as France 24, The New York Times, The Jerusalem Post, Anatolian Agency, BBC, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and War on the Rocks.

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