Research Fellow, Nuclear Weapons Policy, International Security Department
Beyza Unal
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+44 (0) 207 314 2796


Dr Beyza Unal is a research fellow with the International Security Department at Chatham House. She specializes in nuclear weapons policies and leads projects on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. Dr Unal is also conducting research on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, with a particular focus on civil nuclear power plants. She formerly worked in the Strategic Analysis Branch at NATO Allied Command and Transformation, taught International Relations, transcribed interviews on Turkish political history, and served as an international election observer during the 2010 Iraqi parliamentary elections. She is interested in NATO’s defence and security policy as well as security in the Middle East.

Dr Unal has been given various fellowships for her achievements; foremost, she is a William J Fulbright Alumni. She has further received funding from the US Department of Energy to participate workshops in Brookhaven National Laboratory and James Martin Centre for Nonproliferation Studies, and Sandia National Laboratory.


  • Nuclear weapons policy
  • NATO
  • Middle East
  • International relations theory


2012-14Adjunct Instructor, Old Dominion University
2013Strategic Analysis, Branch Assistant, NATO Allied Command and Transformation
Mar 2012Social Media Analyst, NATO Allied Command and Transformation
2011Academic Events Coordinator, Old Dominion University
2010-14PhD, Old Dominion University
Mar 2010International Election Observer, Iraq
2007-10MA, Bilkent University
2006-10Transcriber, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation
Spring 2005Exchange, Universitat Bremen
2002-07B.S., Cankaya University