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Burcu Ozcelik

Burcu Ozcelik is a research fellow at the University of Cambridge. She received her PhD from Cambridge's Department of Politics and International Studies, where she was subsequently a teaching fellow in Conflict, Peacebuilding and the Politics of the Middle East (2015-2017). Her current book project examines women’s right-wing political activism, political Islam and the gendered response to the rise of populist religious nationalism across many parts of the world.

Articles By Burcu Ozcelik

Turkish-Iranian Rivalry Threatens Stability in Kurdistan Region of Iraq By Burcu Ozcelik - Dec 3, 2021

The shift in the balance of power in Iraq after the recent election could have an important impact in a key arena where Turkey and Iran play out their regional rivalry. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq borders both Iran and Turkey – two countries caught in a web of complex and often competing interests in the Middle East. After the 2003-US led invasion, … Continue reading “Turkish-Iranian Rivalry Threatens Stability in Kurdistan Region of Iraq”

Azerbaijan Support Underpins Turkey’s Ambitions in the South Caucasus By Burcu Ozcelik - Aug 29, 2021

Turkey is bolstering defense cooperation with Azerbaijan as it seeks to double down on the military success of last year’s war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. As skirmishes along the Armenian-Azerbaijan border increased in recent weeks, there was even speculation that Turkey was on the brink of forging a joint military force with Baku. Turkey helped … Continue reading “Azerbaijan Support Underpins Turkey’s Ambitions in the South Caucasus”

Fall of Kabul: Refugees from Afghanistan Expected to Surge Toward Turkey and Europe By Burcu Ozcelik - Aug 23, 2021

With the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, fears are rising in Turkey that the country will see a surge in refugees. Turkey is a major final destination for Afghan refugees, as well as a jumping off point for those intending to head to Europe. Already, there are up to 600,000 Afghans in Turkey, refugees … Continue reading “Fall of Kabul: Refugees from Afghanistan Expected to Surge Toward Turkey and Europe”

Will Israel’s New Government Revive Ties with Turkey? By Burcu Ozcelik - Jun 30, 2021

With Naftali Bennett now prime minister, Israel’s foreign policy direction has been under scrutiny. Eyes are locked on how politically divisive issues like West Bank settlements, peace with the Palestinians and religious-secular relations will be handled by the fragile eight-party coalition. Is a strategic foreign policy reorientation possible? (Coalition members certainly want this.) So far, … Continue reading “Will Israel’s New Government Revive Ties with Turkey?”

Turkey’s Archaeological Treasures and the Place of Museums in National Narratives By Burcu Ozcelik - Jun 24, 2021

The Museum of National Archaeology in Turkey houses one of the most impressive collections of antiquities in the Middle East, boasting around 800,000 artifacts in its inventory. Now, hundreds of objects from the museum, which resides in the Ottoman-era imperial mint complex, known as the Darphane, on the grounds of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace, are being … Continue reading “Turkey’s Archaeological Treasures and the Place of Museums in National Narratives”