After receiving his undergraduate degree from Gazi University, Department of International Relations, Yusuf Can Ayaz began his graduate studies at Turkish National Defence University, Alparslan Institute of Defence Studies, Department of International Security and Terrorism. He obtained his master’s degree with his thesis entitled “Terörizmle Mücadelenin İstihbarat Topluluğunun Dönüşümüne Etkisi: ABD Örneği (The Effects of the Fight against Terrorism on the Transformation of Intelligence Community: The Case of US”. He is currently pursuing his doctoral research at Turkish National Police Academy, Department of International Security. His research areas are non-governmental armed groups, intelligence, insurgency & terrorism, and particularly security in the Middle East and Iraq. He is currently working at ORSAM as Iraq Studies Research Assistant.