Turkish Republic at 100: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future?
Supported by the Associazione di cultura e di studio italo-americana Luciano Finelli Friends of the Johns Hopkins University
hosted by Professor
Royal United Services Institute; School of Oriental and African Studies; Royal Navy’s Strategic Studies Centre, U.K.
Discussant - Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Ziya Meral is a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and a Lecturer in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He is an expert on global trends shaping defence and security, climate change and security, foreign policies of Turkey and Middle Eastern countries, and the intersection of religion with global affairs.
Meral is also a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Navy's Strategic Studies Centre, and a Senior Associate Fellow of the European Leadership Network. He is co-founder and an associate of the Climate Change and (In)Security Project, a joint initiative of the UK Army and the University of Oxford, exploring the impact of climate change on defence and security. Meral was formerly the Director for Research and Programmes at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research - the British Army's civilian and military think tank based at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. During his time at CHACR between 2016 to 2023, he organised more than 40 conferences and events for 9000 UK defence personnel, commissioning more than 100 academics and researchers, producing dozens of publications, and regularly taught, briefed and supported UK Army personnel at all levels on global developments, on- going conflicts and operations.
He is a frequent commentator in international and British media, traveling widely to deliver lectures and talks at leading diplomatic and academic institutions and conferences around the world. These have included expert statements and talks at the UK House of Commons and House of Lords, the US Congress, US State Department, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Ministry of Defence, the EU Commission, the West Point Military Academy, Seoul Defence Forum and the NATO Defense College.
Meral holds a 1st Class BA Hons from Brunel University in London, a MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge. He studied Russian Literature at Ankara University, and has undertaken short-term studies and research in a wide range of countries, including Iran, Egypt, China, Canada, Nigeria, Israel, Turkey, USA and Jordan. During 2010-2011, he was a Joseph Crapa Fellow at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in Washington DC, conducting research on ethno-religious violence. His book How Violence Shapes Religion: Belief and Conflict in Africa and Middle East
, was published by the Cambridge University Press in 2018.