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PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
Spoken languages
Arabic, English, Turkish
Areas of expertise
  • Authoritarianism and regime change
  • Armed Non-State Actors
  • Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East
  • North Africa

PhD Thesis


Title: The Oligopoly of Violence, the Cases of Syria and Libya

PhD Supervisor: Keith Krause



Bilal holds a BA degree in International Relations and an MSc in the same discipline from the Middle East Technical University. Before joining the Graduate Institute, Bilal had more than three years-experience in think tanks and policy-oriented research, where he focused on the politics in the Middle East, mainly Syrian crisis and Turkish involvement in the region. He also worked for two projects on Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) in Libya.


Academic Work Experience


Research Experience

2020-2021: Research Assistant for the Swiss National Science Foundation funded PRIMA project “A Child of its Time: The Impact of World Politics on Peacebuilding”.