Cuneyt GURER, PhD 

Dr. Gurer received his Ph.D. degree from Department of Political Science at Kent State University in 2007. His research interests and areas of expertise are Transnational and Comparative Security Policies, International Organizations and Security, Regional Security, Human Displacement, Refugees Integration and Security Policies, Research Methods and Statistics. He has an extensive experience in international projects and participated several internationally recognized research activities. He also attended international meetings on security related matters and presented papers on “regional and global security”, “comparative policies” and “institutions.” He has teaching experience at different institutions and taught social science and research methods courses and most recently given courses on “International Relations and Terrorism” and “Research Methods” . He has published a number of articles, book chapters and opinion papers on academic journals on various aspects of security. In addition, to teaching and research, he participated to projects with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UNICEF and UNODC. He also worked with nongovernmental aid agencies dealing with Syrian refugees in Turkey and provided consultancy to increase the efficiency of services at the ground level. Most recently he has worked at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies as an Adjunct Professor and gave lectures on “Foreign Fighter Threat in Turkey” and “Refugees, Camps and Security in Turkey.” He is currently working on two projects related to “political regime changes and security” and “conflicts, refugees and integration”


Niyazi Ekici, PhD

Assistant Professor
Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Western Illinois University

Dr. Ekici is an Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University and a law enforcement veteran. He earned his master and doctoral degrees from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, The State University of New Jersey. He has many publications about terrorism, community policing and crime analysis.