Burak Bilgehan Özpek is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara. His main research interests include the de facto states, civil conflicts, contemporary politics of the Middle East and Turkish foreign policy. He has published articles in academic journals such as Journal of International Relations and Development, International Journal, Iran and the Caucasus, Turkish Studies, Israel Affairs, and Global Governance. He is the author of a book entitled "Peace Process Between Turkey and the Kurds: Anatomy of a Failure" published by Routledge in 2017. Özpek is also one of the founders of Daktilo1984 Movement in Turkey.