I received my MA Political Science degree at Leiden University, the Netherlands, in 1997. Thereafter I worked for the Interdisciplinary Research Programme on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations (PIOOM), Leiden University, between 1998 and 2002. I wrote confidential reports, like one on the Kosovo conflict for the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP), Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) in Vienna, Austria. Since then, I have been a freelance consultant and independent scholar (see e.g my LinkedIn page).

Currently I am finalising a comparative study on Chechen and Albanian insurgents and the applicability of my own Brutalisation theory on their aims and methods of violence. The findings of this study have been published as a “How to Feud and Rebel” series in the peer-reviewed journal Iran and the Caucasus (Brill).

In recent years I have been conducting research on the applicability of the Brutalisation theory on other intractable conflicts, like the one in and on Nagorno Karabakh. See for a Diagram of the latest version of my Brutalisation theory: BrutalisationDiagram2014. Together with Dr. Babak Rezvani and Servet Sahin (MA political science), I have established Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics (first issue: Vol.1 No.1, Spring 2013), an academic journal for analysis and debate within the field of ethnogeopolitics (see

The next pages contain the following topics:

My qualities and abilities in comparison to other conflict analysts and security specialists

The role of ethnicity in my research

How my Brutalisation theory can improve analysis and offer solutions

The (im)possibilities of field research