Kıvanç Ulusoy is a Professor of Political Science at Istanbul University. He was previously a Fulbright Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (2012-2013). His areas of research are regime change and democratization, Turkish politics and Turkey-EU relations. His most recent publications are: Democratic Deliberation in Deeply Divided Societies: from Conflict to Common Ground, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); “Elections and Regime Change in Turkey: Tenacious Rise of Political Islam”, Mahmoud Hamad and Khalil al-Anani (eds) Elections and Democratization in the Middle East: The Tenacious Search for Freedom, Justice and Dignity, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Levent Kırval is an Associate Professor at the Maritime Faculty of Istanbul Technical University (ankara,Turkey). He received his PhD in Political Science from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2005, where he attended as a Jean Monnet Fellow of the European Commission. Between 2006 and 2008, Dr. Kirval worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Political Science Department & Centre for EU Studies of Ghent University (Belgium) and as a Marie-Curie Fellow (FP6/Intra-European Fellowship) of the European Commission.
Hawre Hasan Hama obtained his MA in International Studies at Sheffield University in the UK. Hawre is currently a lecturer at University of Sulaimani, faculty of law, politics, and department of politics. He is the author of “Politicization of Kurdish Security in Iraq since 2003". He has published policy papers in the Washington Institute’s Fikra Forum, Open Democracy, Center for Security Studies, Modern Diplomacy, The Kurdish Policy Foundation and Masher Politics & Culture Journal. He is a security expert on Kurdistan security affairs at Kurdish Policy Foundation.
Maxime Gauin has been AVİM’s scholar in residence since August 2012. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in History at the Middle East Technical University. Previously, Gauin worked as a researcher at the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK). He has published articles in various academic journals including the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, the International Review of Turkish Studies. He also contributes to different dailies such as Hürriyet Daily News, Daily Sabah, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, and Cumhuriyet. Maxime Gauin’s research focuses on contemporary aspects of the Armenian question and Franco-Turkish relations.
Kamal Bayramzadeh obtained a PhD degree in Political Science / International Relations from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), in Paris, France. A visiting researcher at the University of Liège (Belgium) and a member of the Center for International Relations Studies (CEFIR) of the same university, he is also a lecturer in international relations at Paris XIII (Sorbonne). His recent publications include : Crises et conflits au Moyen-Orient: Quels sonts les impacts sur les relations entre la Turquie et l’Iran?, in Mourad Chabbi, Enjeux géostratégiques au Moyen-Orient, Revue Études internationales No. 2-3, Volume XL VII, June 2016, Canada, Laval; Les États faillis et le terrorisme international Revue de la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Liège, Larcier, 2015/n° 1; La lutte pour l’hégémonie régionale dans les relations internationales, Cahiers de Sciences politiques d’ULg, Cahier n° 27, March 2013 (Belgium-Liège).
Muhammad Azhar is a professor of Economics at the Department of West Asian and North African Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India). He obtained his M.Phil and Ph.D from Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. His area of interest includes energy economics, finance, economic, trade cooperation and research and methodology. He has contributed several articles in various international and national journals. Prior to joining A.M.U., Muhammad Azhar worked as Reader at the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. he worked as a Research Associate at the Gulf Studies Program, Centre of West Asian and African Studies, School of International Studies, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. he also worked as Consultant at Indian Council of Research in International Economic Relations, New Delhi.