Dr. Efe Tokdemir -Director of Research

Dr. Efe Tokdemir is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University. He took his bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, received his MA (2015) and PhD (2017) in Political Science from Binghamton University, SUNY. Dr. Tokdemir was previously a postdoctoral fellow of ISA James N. Rosenau Fellowship (2017-2018), and a visiting scholar at the Ohio State University’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies (2016-2018). His research and teaching interests include conflict processes, specifically non-violent strategies in civil war, foreign policy and public opinion, political use of force, and quantitative methods. Dr. Tokdemir’s book “Battle for Allegiance Governments, Terrorist Groups, and Constituencies in Conflict” has recently been published by University of Michigan Press, and it examines non-violent tactics employed by state and non-state armed groups during conflict. Tokdemir received “Young Scientist Award (BAGEP)” from Science Academy (Bilim Akademisi) in 2019, “Award for Outstanding Young Scientist” (GEBIP) from Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) in 2020, and the Sakip Sabanci International Research Award in 2021. Dr. Tokdemir’s project on non-violent counterinsurgency strategies has been recently funded by TUBITAK 2247D National Young Leader Researchers Program for 2022-2025. His works has so far appeared in leading journals of the field such as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Political Behavior, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Interactions.