Cuneyt GURER, PhD 

Dr Gurer received his PhD degree from the 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 extensive experience in international projects and participated in 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 various 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 several articles, book chapters and opinion papers on academic journals on security issues. In addition to teaching and research, he participated in projects with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UNICEF and UNODC.

He also worked with non-governmental aid agencies dealing with Syrian refugees in Turkey and provided consultancy to increase the efficiency of services at the ground level. He has recently 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.

Sedat Kula, PhD

Dr Kula holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the Turkish National Police Academy in 1999 and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2005. He received his PhD in public affairs from the University of Central Florida in 2011.

Dr Kula served in the Turkish National Police for more than 17 years in various ranks and positions. In addition to his practical policing experience in the field, he also engaged in several national and international law enforcement training initiatives organized by the UN, NATO, and the EU.

His research interests include police management, police behaviour, criminal justice policy, terrorism, and quantitative research in criminal justice and criminology. Dr Kula has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters related to current issues of criminal justice. His recent publications have appeared in the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, the European Journal on Crime Policy and Research, Police, Practice and Research, and the Journal of Terrorism Research. His research endeavours have provided numerous insights into some of the most urgent criminal justice problems and assisted in making critical advances in public safety and security.

Dr Kula is now working on two research projects related to global crime threats with his colleagues. The first research project is about analysing global human trafficking trends to understand the relationship between the victims of human trafficking and offenders. His second project is titled as “the Global Terrorist Incidents Analysis” which aims to study the pledge patterns of religious-based terrorist organisations.

Ahmet Celik, PhD

Dr Celik is an honorary research associate at the University College of London and lectures in many higher education institutions part-time. He earned his master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York and a doctoral degree from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, The State University of New Jersey. He has also completed a graduate-level Advanced Security Studies Program at Marshall Center, The European Center for Security Studies in Germany.

During his quarter-century-long successful law enforcement experience, he held various positions including UN peacekeeper in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Deputy Counsellor for Security Affairs at the London Turkish Embassy.

He also has a strong background in information technologies (IT). He contributed to the design of an excellent information management system. He has software development experience and a great experience working with a significant volume of data.

He has also played pivotal roles in many successful national and international conferences. He is a recipient of the UN Medal and many commendations at the national and international levels.

He co-authored a textbook, co-editor of two books, and published so many scholarly written articles. They were all cited many times.

His research and teaching interests are primarily in security studies, post-conflict territories, peacekeeping, terrorism, national security, and transnational crimes.

Fatih Tepe, PhD

Dr Tepe earned a B.A. in Security Studies, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University and an Ed.D. in Leadership Education from Spalding University. He has 18 years of policing experience at different ranks and policing units including crime investigation, terrorism, police training and background investigations.

Dr Tepe lectures about police leadership, management and leadership, leadership in crises, crime theories, community policing, public and private security, terrorism, statistics and research methods. Dr Tepe authored book, authored / co-authored international peer-reviewed journal articles, national peer-reviewed journal articles.

Kamil Yilmaz, PhD

Dr Yilmaz has eighteen years of theoretical and hands-on experience in security, counterterrorism and socio-political analysis. He has worked collaboratively with security professionals, sociologists and anthropologists to do fieldwork in various topics related to security, including radicalization/de-radicalization/rehabilitation of individuals from
terrorist groups, policy analyses on legal aspects of governments’ counterterrorism practices and political risk analysis.

He has taught undergraduate and graduate students in counterterrorism, international politics, discourse analysis and research methods based on theory and practice. He has also trained security professionals and local government officials to protect critical infrastructures, emergency management and counterterrorism.

In addition to numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, he has published a book entitled “Disengaging from Terrorism: Lessons from the Turkish Penitents” (Routledge 2014), which has
been reviewed as being one of the most innovative books on terrorism and political violence.

Yilmaz holds a PhD in applied (political) anthropology from Columbia University (2012). He also has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of CRJ in New York and three Master’s degrees from Columbia University in the fields of International Affairs, Political
Anthropology and Applied Anthropology. He worked at various international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) in New York and Beirut and the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) in Bucharest, Romania. He is interested in Computational social science, and his research interests include political violence, anthropology of terrorism, radicalization and deradicalization processes related to terrorism, identity politics, elite formation and circulation, as well as international security and relations.

Hakan Cem Cetin, PhD

Cetin, who also has 23 years of managerial
experience in the Ministry of Homeland Security, Turkey, is an associate professor with MS and PhD degrees from Rutgers University, US.

He is currently the chief editor and co-founder of the Global Center for Security Studies. His areas of expertise are witness protection, global security and threats, global and regional conflicts, terrorism and national security, transnational organized crime, international institutions, international police cooperation, police leadership & communication skills, and research methods in social science.

He co-authored a textbook, co-editor of one book, and published many scholarly articles with many citations.

Murat Yildiz

Murat Yildiz is a Programme Manager and an expert on global, transnational organized crime and illicit drug trafficking. His professional experience encompasses senior positions within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Mr Yildiz worked as a Political Affairs Officer and Research, Development and Training Adviser in the organization’s Vienna headquarters and as a Deputy Director at the OSCE Mission in Skopje, North Macedonia. He worked with the OSCE Secretary-General and Permanent Delegations in drafting OSCE’s First Ministerial Council Decision on “Engagement with Afghanistan”. He designed and implemented several technical assistance projects on countering illicit drug trafficking in Central Asia and other regions for Afghanistan.

He also worked at the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, developing a “Core Course Curriculum on Succesful Investigation, Prosecution, and Adjudication of Terrorism Cases for Common and Civil Law Systems”.

He has been working on research projects related to global illicit drug trafficking. Currently drafting “Global Update on Illicit Drug Trafficking” takes stock of illicit drug trafficking (cultivation, production, trafficking/routes and methods, developments on global illicit drugs seizures, consumption, prevalence rates between 2010-2020), policy implications, the impact of COVID-19. The report also investigates changes on modus operandi of drug trafficking syndicates. Secondly, he is designing mixed-method research on financial remittance system of Hawala in the context of the flow of the revenues generated from illicit drug trafficking.

Mr Yildiz has a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Educational Sciences. He currently works on his PhD dissertation in Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Vienna.

Kutluer Karademir, PhD

Kutluer Karademir earned his Master’s degree from American University in International Relations and completed his PhD at George Mason University School of Public Policy (now SCHAR).

Dr Karademir conducted comprehensive research projects for the Istanbul Police Department and taught research methods courses at Ataturk University in Erzurum. His research interest covers Public Policy Analysis, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Complex Systems, Knowledge Management, Crisis Management, Terrorism and Democratic Policing.

Mustafa Bal, PhD

Dr Bal received his PhD degree in Applied Anthropology from the Department of International & Transcultural Studies, TC, Columbia University in 2014. He conducted ethnographic field research in the Republic of North Macedonia and Egypt.

His main research interests include Contentious Politics and Social Movements, politics of Cyberspace, Cybersecurity, and Cyberpolitics in international relations.

He has previous work experience in security and worked for about 8 years within the ranks of the United Nations in New York and Vienna.

Huseyin Cinoglu, PhD

Dr Cinoglu is a senior researcher at Global Center for Security Studies. He has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas, USA. He worked on many independent and sponsored researches and projects in different capacities. He has previously held academic and administrative positions at Karabuk University, the TNPA and its affiliated schools, the University of North Texas, and Yildirim Beyazit University. He was Chair of the Department of Security Management at the TNPA between 2011 and 2015. Throughout his academic career, he has been involved in the mentoring, directing, advising, and supervision of undergraduate, master’s, and PhD-level students in sociology, criminology, criminal justice, social psychology, and public administration.

He has published and presented extensively in the areas of (countering) violent extremism, (countering) terrorism, (de)radicalization, immigration, crime and criminality, identity formation, terrorist identity formation, and reality construction in total institutions. Dr. Cinoglu also served as an Expert Evaluator for the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission in Brussels.

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