Guney Yildiz is a researcher and journalist based in London with a focus on Turkey, Syria and the Kurds in the Middle East. He finished a visiting fellowship with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), a pan-European think-tank, where he worked as a specialist researcher on Syria. He had advised members of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the UK Parliament, as a Specialist Adviser on Turkey. He is pursuing a PhD in Cambridge on political mobilisation by armed non-state actors in the Middle East. As a journalist with the BBC News, he broke numerous top UK and international stories that have been picked up by other domestic and international broadcasters.  

BSc. at Middle East Technical University; MSc. at London School of Economics; MPhil at University of Cambridge, Ph.D candidate at University of Cambridge

Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic (Basic)

Countries of Expertise
Turkey, Syria, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Kurdish provinces of Iran

Issues of Expertise
Turkish Domestic and Foreign Policy, Kurdish dynamics in the Middle East, Armed non-state actors, Governance in Syria

Contact Information

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