My name is Cem Birol. Currently, I am an Istanbul-based political science researcher and a lecturer at Yeditepe University. Previously, I worked as a research associate at the Middle East Center of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

I received my PhD from the Political Science Department of Rice University. I worked with Cliff Morgan as his research assistant for the Threat and Imposition of Economic Sanctions (TIES) Dataset. Cliff was also the chair of my dissertation committee.

My work focuses on international conflict, and particularly on actions pertaining to shows of force such as missile tests, joint military exercises, and mobilization. In addition, I am interested in foreign policy analysis and political economy. I use statistical methods and microeconomic theories to analyze international relations phenomena. Both my academic research, and policy-oriented papers can be found in the “Research” tab.

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