Dr. Cüneyt Gürer

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Dr. Cüneyt Gürer

Transnational Security Studies

Dr. Gürer is professor of Transnational Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He holds a doctorate from the Department of Political Science, Kent State University. He completed his M.A. degree in Criminal Justice Studies, focusing on Criminology and Policy Making. Prior to joining the Marshall Center, Dr. Gürer was the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation fellow at the University of Siegen, where he conducted research on conflict and human displacement and taught a course covering areas of conflict dynamics, human displacement experiences, transnational crime and refugee integration. He was previously selected as the Eurasia Democratic Security Network Research and Policy Fellow, where he conducted research on political regime changes, democracy, and security.

Dr. Gürer’s research interests and areas of expertise are transnational and comparative security studies, conflict, human displacement, and transnational organized crime. He is also interested in institutional capacity building and security, political regimes, non-democratic regimes’ interaction with transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), and their use of proxies. He has published a number of articles, book chapters, and opinion papers in academic journals on various aspects of security. He has also participated in a wide variety of academic and professional events. In addition to his academic work, teaching, and research, he has participated in international capacity development projects with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UNICEF, and UNODC.

After completing twenty years of service at different ranks, he retired from the Turkish National Police in April 2016. Following his retirement, he worked as a senior security consultant for European nongovernmental aid agencies delivering humanitarian support to Syrian refugees in Turkey and provided consultancy to increase the efficiency of support activities on the ground. During his service in the government, he coordinated Turkey’s first comprehensive drug strategy and policy document in cooperation with EU institutions. As the head of the national focal point of the European Drug Agency (EMCDDA) in Turkey, he actively supported European-level policy interaction and served as an expert on parliamentary committees on drug-related issues.

Dr. Gürer has a comprehensive understanding of security issues with his practical, managerial, policy, and academic background and study the changing security environment at different levels (global, state, society, and individual) and examines how they interact with each other.

Before joining Marshall Center as a full time professor, Dr. Gürer was a Marshall Center alumnus and since 2012 served as an adjunct professor and gave lectures on various topics.  

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