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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