Assoc. Prof. Göktuğ Sönmez got his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bilkent University, his Master’s degree in International Relations from London School of Economic (LSE), and his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His research areas are Radicalization and Violent Extremism, Non-State Armed Actors, Turkish Foreign Policy and Energy Politics. He conducted research on these areas at several institutions and think-tanks including the Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, BOTAŞ, and the Global Strategy Institute. He is the director of Security Studies at ORSAM and teaches at Necmettin Erbakan University, International Relations Department.
He published many pieces in national and international journals, comments on radicalization and terrorism topics as well as Turkish foreign policy on several media outlets, attended many international meetings and conferences primarily on radicalization and violent extremism, and occasionally write op-eds for newspapers.