Dr. Bayram Sinkaya works as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at AnkaraYıldırım Beyazıt University. He received his Ph.D. at the Middle East Technical University (METU), where he worked as a research assistant (2002-2011). He was a visiting researcher at Columbia University (2007-2008) and Tehran University (2003). His academic interests include Iranian politics, foreign and security policies of Iran, Middle East politics and Turkish foreign policy. He is the author of The Revolutionary Guards in Iranian Politics: Elites and Shifting Relations (NY: Routledge, 2015).