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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

Turkey’s Armed Drones Alter Ankara’s Strategic Calculations By Burcu Ozcelik - Jan 19, 2021

Turkey long has been preoccupied with blending coercive force with soft power in its foreign-policy design. The idea was that this would furnish a range of options in conflict engagement, de-escalation or conflict management in a volatile neighborhood. Following the US embargo after Ankara’s 1975 invasion of Cyprus that led to the island splitting into … Continue reading “Turkey’s Armed Drones Alter Ankara’s Strategic Calculations”

Iraq Protests Spark Fear Among the Kurds of Wider Constitutional Review By Burcu Ozcelik - Dec 5, 2019

The anti-government protests in Iraq began as a reprimand of the government for failing to provide adequate basic services and for the rise in unemployment and corruption. The prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, was forced to resign last week. But as is the nature of protest movements everywhere, this one, too, has evolved, and Iraqi … Continue reading “Iraq Protests Spark Fear Among the Kurds of Wider Constitutional Review”

For Israel and Turkey, It’s Now All About Gas By Burcu Ozcelik - Oct 6, 2019

In September, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, fired the latest salvo in the Eastern Mediterranean stand-off. “Those who think that the natural riches of the island of Cyprus and the region belong only to themselves will face the determination of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the future, as they do today,” … Continue reading “For Israel and Turkey, It’s Now All About Gas”