Göktuğ Sönmez

Biography

  • Director of Security Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Center (ORSAM)
  • Asst. Prof, Necmettin Erbakan University, International Relations Department

Asst. 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.

Publications

National and International Events

 

“Detecting and Interdicting Terrorist Travel”, Global Efforts and Turkey

After ISIS lost Mosul and Raqqa, debates on the decline of the organization in terms of logistical, economic and military power have proliferated,...

Haqqani Network and Possible Reflections of the Death of Jalaluddin Haqqani

The Afghanistan intervention, which is called "the Soviet Union’s Vietnam" and resulted in the withdrawal of the USSR following the...

Violent Extremism Among Central Asians: The Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, and New York City Attacks

Abstract: Ethnic Uzbeks carried out terrorist attacks in Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, and New York City in 2017, making it clear...

An Evaluation of the OSCE Report on Violent Extremism and Radicalisation that Lead to Terrorism

Peter R. Neumann, the OSCE Chairperson in Office’s Special Representative on Countering Radicalisation and Violent Extremism since January 2017...

Rising Terror Threat in the Cyber Space and Cyber Security

Advancements in technology and especially in the online world, on the one hand, make everyday life easier and provide new socialization channels, on...

DAESH’s Surprise Attack on Kirkuk and Its Possible Expectations

DAESH started an attack on Kirkuk in the early morning of October 21, 2016 amidst all the controversy about the Mosul operation. While the forces in...

Political Turmoil in KRG Risks Hindering Kurdish Efforts Against Islamic State

Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq have been some of the most effective in tackling Islamic State (IS) on the ground, but the Kurdistan Regional...

That Night and Beyond: Shame, Mourning, Pride, and Victory

Following the successfully thwarted heinous coup attempt, several points needs a closer look; how it started, and how Turkey as a country vocally...

Failed State Structure in Syria Poses Threats at Regional and Global Levels

Following the Arab Spring, which had significant impacts over a wide geographical area in North Africa and the Middle East, many states were...

Observations from the Field Research in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah

As ORSAM team, we recently paid a visit to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in order to conduct a field research. As it is already known,...