Suleyman Ozeren

Suleyman Ozeren

Suleyman Ozeren

Adjunct Faculty

Terrorism & counterterrorism, forced migration, countering violent extremism (CVE), international security, the Middle East, the Kurdish issue, and conflict resolution.

Dr. Suleyman Ozeren is an adjunct faculty and a research scholar at George Mason University. He formerly served as the President of the Global Policy and Strategy Institute and the Director of the International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime (UTSAM) in Turkey. He also served as a faculty member at different universities. Dr. Ozeren received his M.S. degree in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. degree in Information Science from the University of North Texas.

His research interests include terrorism & counterterrorism, countering violent extremism (CVE), conflict resolution, the Kurdish issue, and forced migration. In his research, he examined four terrorist organizations: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK). He also conducted research in Europe, focusing on diaspora radicalization. Part of his research included interviewing convicted terrorists and disintegrated and de-radicalized individuals.

His most recent research project, titled “Countering Violent Extremism by Unraveling the Propaganda and Recruitment Techniques of ISIS in Turkey,” was funded by the U.S. State Department. He was co-director for the NATO Science for Peace and Security Advanced Research (ARW) Workshop. He co-authored the NATO ARW, titled "Post-ISIS Era" Regional and Global Implications" will be held on September 6-8, 2019 in Washington D.C.

He has numerous publications including. Some of the examples of his publications include “Understanding Terrorism: Analysis of Sociological and Psychological Aspects”, “ISIS in Cyberspace: Findings from Social Media Research”, “Multi-Faceted Approach to Radicalization in Terrorist Organizations”, “Cyberterrorism and Cybercrime: Vulnerabilities and International Cooperation” “Countering Terrorism: From Far East to New Continent”, and “Terrorism Paradox and Turkey.”

He has worked collaboratively with several organizations and institutions, including the European Union, Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), the NATO-affiliated Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism, and National Defense University.

Dr. Ozeren has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses on international security, terrorism and counterterrorism, forced migration, and conflict resolution at different universities.

Current Research

2017-Present. Research Scholar. Center for Global Policy, George Mason University. "A New Approach to the Middle East by the United States and Its Implications for the State and Non-State Actors in the Syrian Conflict"  

2015-2016. Principal Investigator. U.S. State Department. "Countering Violent Extremism by Unraveling Propaganda and Recruitment Techniques of ISIS". 

2010-2012. Principal Investigator. The Scientific And Technological Research Council Of Turkey. "Recruitment techniques in terrorist organizations and terrorist profiling: The PKK case in Turkey"

Selected Publications

Ozeren, S., Hekim, H., Elmas, M.S., & Canbegi, H.I. (2018). An Analysis of Propaganda and Recruitment Activities of ISIS Targeting Turkish Speaking Population.International Annals of Criminology, Cambridge University Press

Ozeren et al. (2016). "ISIS in Cyberspace: Findings From Social Media Research".  Global Policy and Strategy, 2016.  

Ozeren, S. (July 07, 2019). Is Turkey becoming the next victim of Erdoğan’s hostage diplomacy? https://ahvalnews.com/russia-turkey/turkey-becoming-next-victim-erdogans-hostage-diplomacy

Ozeren, S. (May 28, 2019). Impact of Idlib offensive on Turkey-Russia relations.https://ahvalnews.com/syrian-war/impact-idlib-offensive-turkey-russia-relations

Ozeren, S., Sever, M, Sözer, M. A., & Yilmaz, K. (2014). Whom do they recruit? Profiling and recruitment in the PKK/KCK. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 37:322-347.

Bal, I., Ozeren, S., & Sozer, M. A. (eds) (2011). “Multi-faceted Approach to Radicalization in Terrorist Organizations”. IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam.

Ozeren, S., & Sever, M. (eds) (2011). “Terrorism Paradox and Turkey”. Karinca Yayinlari, Ankara, Turkey

Ozeren, S. (2009). Cyberterrorism and Cybercrime: Vulnerabilities and International Cooperation. VDM Publishing House Ltd, Saarbrücken, Germany

Ozeren, S., Güneş, I. D., & M. D. Al-Badayneh (eds) (2007). Understanding Terrorism: Analysis of Sociological and Psychological Aspects, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Ozeren, S. (2007). “Recruitment and Training Methods of Suicide Terrorism”, Suicide as a Weapon, ed. Center of Excellence – Defence Against Terrorism, Vol. 30, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam. pp. 38-50.

Ozeren, S. & Van de Voorde, C. (2006). Turkish Hizballah: A case study of radical terrorism. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice Vol: 29(2).

Expanded Publication List

PUBLICATIONS

Authored Books

  • Bal, I., Ozeren, S., & Sozer, M. A. (eds) (2011). “Multi-faceted Approach to Radicalization in Terrorist Organizations”. IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam. http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volume/multi-faceted-approach-to-radicalization-in-terrorist-organizations
  • Ozeren, S., & Sever, M. (eds) (2011). “Terrorism Paradox and Turkey”. Karinca Yayinlari, Ankara, Turkey
  • Ozeren, S., Sever, M., & Basibuyuk, O. (eds) (2011). “Counterterrorism Experiences of SECI Member Countries”. SELEC, Basak Matbaa, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Ozeren, S., Sozer, M. A., & Demir, O. O. (eds) (2010). “From Local to Globe Transnational Crime”. Police Academy Publications, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Ozeren, S. (2009). “Cyberterrorism and Cybercrime: Vulnerabilities and International Cooperation”. VDM Publishing House Ltd, Saarbrücken, Germany.
  • Ozeren, S. Bal, I. (eds) (2009). “Countering Terrorism: From Far East to New Continent”. ISRO Pubications, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Ozeren, S., Güneş, I. D., & M. D. Al-Badayneh (eds) (2007). Understanding Terrorism: Analysis of Sociological and Psychological Aspects, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volume/understanding-terrorism-analysis-of-sociological-and-psychological-aspects

 

            Book Chapters

  • Sozer, M. A., Sevinc, A., & Ozeren, S. (2015). “Police Officers' Perception of Community Policing in Countering Violent Extremism: An Exploratory Study”. In M. Lombardi, E. Ragab, V. Chin, Y. Dandurand, V. de Divitiis, A. Burato, (Eds). Countering Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Among Youth to Prevent Terrorism. Vol. 118, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam. pp. 203-219.
  • Ozeren, S. (2011). “Multi-faceted aspects of radicalization”, In I. Bal, S. Ozeren, M. A. Sozer, (Eds). Multi-faceted Approach to Radicalization in Terrorist Organizations, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam, Vol. 87, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam. pp. 209-213,
  • Ozeren, S. (2011). “KCK from their own perspective: Is it Civil Politics and Renewed PKK?” In S. Ozeren, M. Sever, (Eds) Terrorism Paradox and Turkey. Karinca Yayinlari, Ankara, Turkey. pp. 93-127.
  • Ozeren, S. (2011). “Paradigm shift in Turkey and countering terrorism”. In S. Ozeren, M. Sever, (Eds) Terrorism Paradox and Turkey. Karinca Yayinlari Ankara, Turkey. pp. 23-55.
  • Ozeren, S. (2011). “Why Hakkari?”. In S. Ozeren, M. Sever, (Eds) Terrorism Paradox and Turkey. Karinca Yayinlari, Ankara, Turkey. pp. 127-161.
  • Ozeren, S. (2010). “Economy of Terrorism: Recruitment Process and Financing of the PKK. Internet Usage in Financing Terrorism, Recruitment and Radicalization Symposium. Cairo University, Cairo, Eygpt. pp. 1-14.
  • Ozeren, S. & Sözer, M. A., & Demirci, S. (2010). “Militant Identity in Terrorist Organizations: Hizbullah Case in Turkey” In M. Sever, H. Cinoglu, O. Başıbuyuk (Eds). Socio-Psychology of Terrorism. Polis Akademisi Yayınları, Ankara. pp. 145-174.
  • Ozeren, S. & Cinoglu, H. (2010). “Community-oriented Policing as Counterterrorism Strategy: Comparative Analysis”. In A. Sozer (ed). Community-oriented Policing: Society, Crime, and Security. Adalet Yayınevi, Ankara, 2010. pp. 197-220.
  • Ozeren, S, & Demirci, S. (2009). “UK’s Counterterrorism Policy toward Separatist IRA and Terrorism Against Religion”. In Bal, & S. Ozeren (eds) Countering Terrorism: From Far East to New Continent. ISRO Pubications, Ankara, Turkey. pp. 173-242.
  • Ozeren, S. & Cinoglu, H. (2009). “A Review of the Changes in Counter-Terrorism Policies of the US After 9/11: With Special Reference to Their Social Implications”. Terrorism: Global Perspective. In Ozguler, A. Ozdogan, A.S. Yayla, E. Mus, & H. İltaş, (Eds) Washington. pp. 146-175.
  • Ozeren, S., & Bal, I. (2009). “A Global Look at Countering Terrorism: What Do the World Experiences Tell Us?”. In Bal, & S. Ozeren (Eds) Countering Terrorism: From Far East to New Continent. ISRO Pubications, Ankara, Turkey. pp. 379-398.
  • Ozeren, S., & H. Cinoğlu. (2008). “UK’s Public Administration System”. In H. H. Çevik, & T. Göksu (eds), Comparative Police Administration Systems. EGM Basımevi, Ankara.
  • Ozeren, S. (2008). “Cyberterrorism and International Cooperation: General Overview of the Available Mechanisms to Facilitate an Overwhelming” Response to Cyber Terrorism. Task.ed. Center of Excellence– Defence Against Terrorism, Vol. 34, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam. pp. 70-89.
  • Ozeren, S. & Yilmaz. (2007). “Counter-Terrorism in Turkey: Organizational and Operational Structure and Training”, In Police Education and Training in a Global Society, ed. P. C. Kratcoski and D. K. Das., Lexington Books, Lanham, MD. pp 371-386
  • Gunes I. D. & Ozeren, S. (2007). “Theory of Prism: Individual Capital and Frustration”, Understanding Terrorism: Analysis of Sociological and Psychological Aspects. In S. Ozeren, I. D. Gunes, & M. D. Al-Badayneh (Eds), Vol. 22, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam. pp. 27-33.
  • Ozeren, S. & I. D. Gunes. (2007). “Introduction: Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Terrorism”, Understanding Terrorism: Analysis of Sociological and Psychological Aspects, In S. Ozeren, I. D. Gunes, & M. D. Al-Badayneh, Vol. 22, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam. pp. 1-16,
  • Ozeren, S. (2007). “Recruitment and Training Methods of Suicide Terrorism”, Suicide as a Weapon, ed. Center of Excellence – Defence Against Terrorism, Vol. 30, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam. pp. 38-50,
  • Ozeren, S. & H. Cinoglu. (2006). “The Turkish Counterterrorism Experience”, National Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Legal, Institutional, and Public Policy Dimensions in the US, UK, France, Turkey, and Russia, R.W. Orttung & A. Makarychev, Vol. 14, 155-164, IOS Press Publication, Amsterdam.
  • Ozeren, S., & Cinoglu, H. (2006) United States Counter Terrorism Policy: Pre and Post 9/11 Evaluations. In I. Bal (Ed) Terrorism: National and International Perspective. ISRO Publication.
  • Ozeren, S. (2006). Emerging Threats: The Conceptual Framework and Classification of Cyberterrorism. In Social Dynamics of Global Terrorism and Prevention Policies. (Published Book after the Conference, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Ozeren, S., & Loper, K. (2005). “National Level of Efforts to Counter Cyber crime and Cyberterrorism: United States Case”. The Second Symposium on Cybercrime, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Ozeren, S. (2005). “Responding to Transnational Terrorism: Issues Related to International Cooperation” 1st Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security, Vol. 1, Öncü Pres, Ankara. pp. 576-580.

 

            Journal Articles

  • Ozeren, S., Sever, M, Sözer, M. A. , & Yilmaz, K. (2014). Whom do they recruit? Profiling and recruitment in the PKK/KCK. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 37:322-347. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2014.879381
  • Özeren, S. Sözer., M. A., Başıbüyük, O. (2012). A Field Research on the Factors that Affect Individuals’ Decision to Join Terrorist Organizations: PKK/KCK Case. International Journal of Security and Terrorism. Vol 3(2), pp. 57-83. (Bireylerin Terör Örgütüne Katılmasına Etki Eden Faktörler Üzerine Bir Alan Çalışması: PKK/KCK Örneği. Uluslararası Güvenlik ve Terörizm Dergisi, Cilt 3 (2), ss.57-83.)
  • Ozeren, S., & Cinoglu, H. (2010). Classical schools of sociology and terrorism. Eskisehir Osmangazi Universitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi Vol: 11(2), 43-60.
  • Ozeren, S. & Van de Voorde, C. (2006). Turkish Hizballah: A case study of radical terrorism. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice Vol: 29(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01924036.2006.9678747
  • Ozeren, Suleyman. (2002). Problem-oriented policing: Analysis of criminal investigation applications. Turkish Journal of Police Studies Vol: 3 (3-4), pp. 175-191.

 

            Research Reports

  • Ozeren, S., Hekim, H., Elmas, M. S., & Canbegi, H. I. (February 2016). ISIS in Cyberspace: Findings From Social Media Research. (78 pages of an extensive report based on the findings of an empirical research on how ISIS utilizes social media in recruiting new members.) http://globalpse.org/en/isis-in-cyberspace-findings-from-social-media-research/
  • Ankara Memorandum on Good Practices for a Multi-Sectoral Approach to Countering Violent Extremism. (2013). Team Coordinator for the Preparation of Ankara Memorandum. It was produced on the basis of responses by Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) members to the questionnaire that was prepared by the project team in cooperation with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. https://www.thegctf.org/documents/10162/72352/13Sep19_Ankara+Memorandum.pdf
  • Ozeren, S., Sever, M., & Sozer, M. A. (2012). Militant Identity Construction in Terrorist Organizations and Member Profile: PKK/KCK Case (Terör Örgütlerinde Militan Kimlik İnşası ve Eleman Profili: PKK/KCK Örneği). International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime (UTSAM), Ankara, Turkey.
  • S., Cinoglu, H., Sozer, M.A. (March 2011) Critical Incidents and Crisis Management, (49 pgs). UTSAM Report Series: 17. Ankara, Turkey.
  • Sever, M., Ozeren, S., Kahya, Y., Demir, O. O. (Dec 2010) Economy of Terrorism: Financing of Terrorism and Smuggling in Bordering Cities of Turkey. UTSAM, Ankara, Turkey.
  • S., Cinoglu, H. (Jan 2010). USA’s Counter -terrorism Strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. (32 Pgs.). UTSAM Report Series: 14. Ankara, Turkey.
  • Ozeren, S., Elmas, M. S., Sozer, M. A., Cinoglu, H. (2009). The Project on the Countering Strategies against the Terrorist Groups Exploiting Religion. Workshop Report of Prevention Tactics Workshop) (25 pgs). UTSAM, Ankara, Turkey.

           

Op-Ed Articles

  • Ozeren, S. (April 1, 2016). How will ISIS React to Possible Defeat in Syria & Iraq? http://globalpse.org/en/category/research/global-op-ed/page/2/
  • Ozeren, S. (February 18, 2016). Syrian Conflict Moves into Fourth Phase. http://globalpse.org/en/category/research/global-op-ed/page/2/
  • Ozeren, S. (October 15, 2015). Are the US and Russia Adversaries or Reluctant Allies in Syria? http://globalpse.org/en/category/research/global-op-ed/page/3/
  • Ozeren, S. (August 5, 2015). The US-Turkey Agreement: Game-Changer Or Source Of Dilemma! http://globalpse.org/en/category/research/global-op-ed/page/4/
  • Ozeren, S. (May 14, 2015) What Should Be A Wake-up Call For Awareness Toward ISIS? http://globalpse.org/en/category/research/global-op-ed/page/4/
  • Ozeren, S. (March 27, 2015). Reign of Terror in the Middle East. http://globalpse.org/en/category/research/global-op-ed/page/5/
  • Ozeren, S. (June 29, 2016) What are the Future Implications of Istanbul Ataturk Airport Attack by ISIS? http://globalpse.org/en/what-are-future-implications-of-istanbul-attacks/
  • Ozeren, S. (January 13, 2010). A New Approach to the Global Terrorism Threat in 2010. http://www.turkishweekly.net
  • Ozeren, S. (April 6, 2009). NATO Summit: Is It The Way Forward for Rasmussen? Online. http://www.turkishweekly.net.
  • Ozeren, S. (March 10, 2009). Strengthening Strategic Partnership: Obama’s Visit to Turkey. Online. http://www.turkishweekly.net.
  • Ozeren, S. (February 23, 2009). Obama’s Foreign Policy Approach and Turkey. Online. http://www.turkishweekly.net.

Courses Taught

  • CRIM 475.001 Theory and Politics of Terrorism, Fall 2019
  • CRIM 475.002 Theory and Politics of Terrorism, Fall 2019
  • GOVT 444.B02 Conflict, Security, and Forced Migration, Summer 2019
  • CRIM 475.004 Theory and Politics of Terrorism, Spring 2019
  • CRIM 475.003 Theory and Politics of Terrorism, Spring 2019

Recent Presentations

  • Ozeren, S., et al. (September 1, 2019). “The Genesis and Spread of ISIS Propaganda and Recruitment in Turkey”. Annual American Political Science Association (APSA) Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 

  • Ozeren, S. (June 13, 2019). “ISIS: Evolving Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism.”Seminar organized by the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defense University, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

 

  • Ozeren, S. (April 16, 2019).“Regional Power Dynamics Part 3: Syria”
    Seminar on
    Collaboration, Decentralization and Fragmentation: Prospects and Problems in a New World Order
    , Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defense University, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
    April 16, 2019