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1419972_10152631165158484_1380468424_nBegüm Burak has a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University, Turkey. She completed her MA degree in Istanbul University, Turkey (majoring in Turkish political life) in 2010. She has been currently occupied as a Research Assistant at Fatih University, Turkey where she is a PhD candidate. Her main interests include civil-military relations, religion and politics and Turkish politics. You can follow Begüm on twitter at @BurakBegum. For her articles click here

Jeff Collins  is currently a doctoral candidate in Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research majors are in International Relations and Public Policy. He holds both a BA in Political Science and History and a Certificate in Public Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; a Law degree from the University of Aberdeen, UK; and a MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. His varied research interests include international security, airpower, Canadian defence policy, Israeli security issues, and international law. At the moment he is examining institutional issues surrounding Canadian defence procurement. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada. For his articles click here

Javier Betancourt holds a MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology from Cranfield Defence and Security, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. His BA is in Mediterranean Sciences from the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece, with a major in Archaeology and minors International Relations and Organisations, and Linguistics. His main research intrerests include Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Archaeology, Human Rights, and the way forensics relate and can contribute to international politics. You can follow Javier on Twitter @Javier_DAUK . For his personal Blog click here. For his articles click here

jason Jason Iliou is doing his MSc in Security Studies at the University College of London (UCL). His interests lie mainly in the field of media, politics, international security, and religion. He is currently focusing on the relationship of Nationalism and the Media in Greece. He also holds a First Class Honours degree in (BA) Journalism from the University of Westminster. You can follow him on twitter at @Jasonilliou. For his articles click here.

Hiroshi Nakatani is from Tokyo, Japan. He studied Political Science in Japan and obtained an MA degree in International Relations from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is currently translating two chapters (8 and 10) of the book Hew, Strachan & Andreas, Herberg-Rothe. (eds.) Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), from English to Japanese. The Japanese book is due to be published this year (2012). His research interests lie, among other things, in nuclear proliferation in the 21st century; the history of the Japanese nuclear weapons program; nuclear deterrence in the second nuclear age; and the nature of war and the Clausewitzian ideas of war. You can reach him at uob.ir.hiroshi@gmail.com. For his articles click here

fuad 2 Fuad Shahbazov is a young researcher and political commentator from Azerbaijan. His main research field is the foreign policy of  the former Russian Empire, the USSR ,and the modern Russian Federation. Fuad is laureate of “The Youngest Eurasianist” academic prize and winner of the annual “International III History Contest of Russia” organized by the  Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO). He is author of numeral researches published at well-known newspapers and institutes such as “Todays Zaman”, “Aljazeera Turkey”, “Strategic Outlook”, the official magazine of the Baltic Foundation, Georgian International School and many more. Since 2011 Fuad began researching the “Arab Spring” and it’s affects in Syrian Republic, which ended up in the publication of his first book “Syria: Regime and Foreign Policy” in 2013. He is fluent in English, Russian, Turkish. You can follow him on twitter @fuadshahbazov, and contact him at: f.sahbazov@gmail.com.

Haifa Peerzada is a law graduate from University of Delhi and in 2010, she enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi and licensed to practice law by the Bar Council of India in 2011. She also holds a M.A in International Relations (Security) from the University of Birmingham. She is inclined towards alternative dispute resolution and conflict resolution, including policies related to peacekeeping, security- both traditional and non-traditional forms, international development and peace management. Currently she is practicing law in the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and is also a Visiting Lecturer of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Jammu and Kashmir. You can contact her at: haifapeerzada@gmail.com.

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