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Kemal Akyel

External PhD Candidate

Name
K. Akyel
E-mail
k.akyel@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

Kemal is an external PhD candidate at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University. He researches the evolution of the Mackinder’s Heartland Theory into the pivot state concept in the course of events until today and the pivot states’ roles in geopolitical considerations of twenty first century with emphasized focus on the pivot states in the Middle East Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He has a background in International Relations (MA).

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Kemal is an external PhD candidate at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University. Under the supervision of Prof. Rob de Wijk and Prof. Kutsal Yesilkagit, his research question is “what is the impact of geopolitical changes to the pivot states in the Middle East focusing on Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia?”. He concentrates on tracing transformation of Mackinder’s pivot of a geography into the pivot state concept in identifying the pivot state under conditions of current geopolitical environment and figures out their current roles. He describes the change in geopolitical considerations and their effects on states’ pivoting activities from one great power to another in international structure. He analyzes the pivot states engagements with great powers in the wake of power shift , technological advance, possible risks and opportunities they produce, in the particular behaviors’ of three Middle East states Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

He earned his MA degree in Turkish Army War College, where he studied on the possible nature of future warfare and its effect on Land force’s capabilities. He took courses regarding International Relations Theories, Economic Geography - Globalization of Plant Foods, International Terrorism and International Security in MA in International Relations program of Oklahoma University - Europe Outreach Program.

Before carrying out a PhD, Kemal worked as an intelligence staff officer at NATO’s Operational Headquarter in the Netherlands. In this framework, he assisted to provide required information for accurate situational awareness of the crises across the NATO’s area of responsibility.

Kemal speaks Turkish, English, Dutch and basic Russian.

External PhD Candidate

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Institute of Security and Global Affairs

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