Gönül Tol is the founding director of the Middle East Institute’s Turkey program and a senior fellow for the Frontier Europe Initiative. She is the author of "Erdogan's War: A Strongman's Struggle at Home and in Syria." 

She has taught courses at George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies and at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University on Turkey, Islamist movements in Western Europe, Turkey, world politics, and the Middle East.

She has written extensively on Turkey-U.S. relations, Turkish domestic politics, and foreign policy and the Kurdish issue. She is a frequent media commentator.

Education
B.A. at Middle East Technical University; M.A. at Florida International University; Ph.D. at Florida International University

Languages
Turkish

Countries of Expertise
Turkey

Issues of Expertise
Political Islam, Islamist Movements, Immigration, Ethnic and Religious Identity Formation, Role of Identity in Foreign Policy making, Social Movements and their Radicalization Process, Muslim Populations in Western Europe

Sample Interview:

June 8, 2015: An Interview with Gonul Tol.