Engin Yüksel

Research Associate
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  • Security and Defence


  • Europe
  • Middle East & North Africa

Engin Yüksel is a Research Associate at the Security Unit of the Clingendael Institute. His research focuses on strategy and international security with a particular emphasis on Russian military posture, doctrine, its conceptualization of modern warfare especially in recent conflicts.  

 He has over ten years of experience in national/international Defense & Security organizations. Prior to joining Clingendael, Engin worked as an analyst at NATO’s Operational Level Command in the Netherlands. In this capacity, he helped decision-makers to increase situational awareness of the crises along NATO’s Eastern and Southern borders, for example, through the application of advanced system analysis and knowledge development methods.  

Engin holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University. He is currently undertaking Ph.D. research at the University of Leiden in the area of Russia’s historical and contemporary approaches to warfare. 

My work



Conflict and Fragility

Development, governance and conflict trends in the Middle East

31 January 2022 - 13:48
Conflict and Fragility

Turkey’s interventions in its near abroad: The case of Libya

16 September 2021 - 17:18
Conflict and Fragility

Turkey's love-in with Qatar: a marriage of convenience

25 January 2021 - 15:17
Conflict and Fragility

The Kurdish question and Turkey’s new regional militarism

09 September 2020 - 09:31
Conflict and Fragility

Covid-19 and conflict in the Middle East

30 April 2020 - 10:51
Security and Defence

Expert Insights: Troubled NATO?

02 December 2019 - 12:16
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