Engin Yüksel

Research Associate
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  • Conflict and Fragility


  • Europe
  • Middle East & North Africa

Engin Yüksel is a Research Associate at the Clingendael Institute. His research focuses on the strategic development, nature and impact of Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East, in particular in relation to Syria, Iraq, Iran and the Gulf Countries. His work is part of Clingendael's Levant research program on the role of hybrid coercive organisations in processes of state development. 

Prior to joining Clingendael, Engin worked as an intelligence analyst at NATO’s Operational Level Command in the Netherlands. In this capacity, he helped create greater situational awareness of the crises along NATO’s Eastern and Southern borders, for example through the application of advanced system analysis methods.

Engin holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University. He is currently undertaking PhD research at the University of Leiden in the area of security studies.

My work



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
Security and Defence

Russia’s Hybrid Doctrine: Is the West Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

28 November 2019 - 15:50
Conflict and Fragility

Turkish proxy warfare in northern Syria

18 November 2019 - 13:02
Conflict and Fragility

Turkey in northwestern Syria

04 June 2019 - 10:54
Conflict and Fragility

The curious incident of the Turkish military base in Shiladze

13 February 2019 - 12:55
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