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Guney Yildiz

Visiting Fellow

Languages: English, Turkish, Kurdish, conversational Arabic (Syrian dialect)
Areas of Expertise: Syria, Turkey and the Kurds in the region

Guney Yildiz is a visiting fellow for ECFR's Middle East and North Africa Programme, where he is focusing on the post-Islamic State stabilisation of Syria, with specific emphasis on the areas controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He is pursuing a PhD on non-state actors in the Middle East at the University of Cambridge and holds a Master's degree from the London School of Economics. He has advised the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the UK Parliament as a Special Adviser on Turkey, works as a political and security consultant and carries out investigative journalism mainly on Turkey, the Kurds and ISIS.

He has given talks at Chatham House, RUSI, ECFR, Oxford University, the UK Parliament and LSE. He has also been consulted by government institutions and the diplomatic community in London. He regularly provides analysis for TV, radio and online outlets, including reacting to breaking news stories from the region. As a journalist with the BBC for ten years, he broke numerous top UK and international stories that have been picked up by other domestic and international broadcasters.


The Changing Dynamics of Kurdish Politics in the Middle East , in Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, July, 2017
Turkish Foreign Policy: Ankara Seeks to Take Advantage of Regional Rivalries, in Turkish Foreign Policy, December 2016

Latest from Guney Yildiz

  • ECFR Discussion: Kurdish Dynamics Amid a Fracturing Regional Order

    What will be the trajectory of Kurdish politics in Iraq and Syria following the defeat of ISIS? What are the European policy options amid a changing regional landscape?
    Hemin Hawrami, Senior Advisor, HE Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region
    Ranj Alaaldin, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, Doha
    Güney Yildiz, Specialist Adviser, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons
    Chaired by: Ellie Geranmayeh, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

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