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Short Story: Akin Unver is an assistant professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University.

Long Story Short: Akin Unver is an assistant professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University, specializing in energy politics, conflict psychology and radicalization sociologies. He is the author of ‘Defining Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Discourse and Politics Since 1990’ (Routledge Series in Middle Eastern Politics) and a former Ertegün Lecturer of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

Long Story: Akin Unver is an assistant professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University, specializing in energy politics, conflict psychology and radicalization sociologies. In addition, he studies discourse theory, Regional Security Complex Theory and psychoanalytical approaches to decision-making and teaches courses on Politics of the Middle East, Diplomatic History, Energy Security (graduate-level) and Security Theory (PhD-level). He is also a supervisory board member at EDAM (Center for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies), Co-Opinion Youth Solidarity Network and Doğruluk Payı (Turkey’s main political fact-checking initiative).

Dr. Unver completed his PhD at the University of Essex, Department of Government. His dissertation ‘Defining Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Discourse and Politics Since 1990’ was awarded the Middle East Studies Association’s Malcolm Kerr ‘best dissertation in the field of social sciences’ award and was awarded departmental nomination for the European Consortium for Political Research’s best dissertation in the field of comparative politics. This was the first time that the Malcolm H. Kerr award was given to a non-Oxbridge British university in more than 20 years. This study is published in 2015 from Routledge Series in Middle East Studies.

Dr. Unver was a Marcia Robins – Wilf Young scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in 2007-08 and a dual post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan’s Center for European Studies and the Center for Middle East and North African Studies in 2008-2010. He was awarded the position of Ertegun Lecturer at the Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies Department, teaching courses such as History of the Middle East, Conflict-Terrorism Sociology and Turkish Political Sociology – he was also the first scholar to retain the Ertegün chair for two consecutive years at Princeton.

Having published in Foreign Affairs, The Diplomat, Columbia Journal of International Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Policy and Yale Journal of International Affairs, Dr. Ünver has also spoken and lectured at invited events at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, London School of Economics’ Middle East Center and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He regularly appears for commentary on BBC World News, National Public Radio (NPR), Reuters, France 24, Finnish National Broadcasting Company, Al Jazeera International and CNN International, including an interview with Christiane Amanpour.

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