Senior Research Fellow, Nuclear Weapons Policy, International Security Department
Beyza Unal

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Dr Beyza Unal is a senior research fellow with the International Security Department at Chatham House.

She specializes in nuclear and cyber policies, conducting research on cybersecurity and critical national infrastructure security and cybersecurity of nuclear weapons systems. Dr Unal also conducts research on urban preparedness and city resilience against CBRN threats.

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.

Dr Unal is interested in NATO’s defence and security policy as well as security in the Middle East, and has been given various fellowships for her achievements - most notably she is a William J Fulbright Alumni.

She has also received funding from the US Department of Energy to participate workshops in Brookhaven National Laboratory, the James Martin Centre for Nonproliferation Studies, and Sandia National Laboratory.

Areas of expertise

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

Past experience

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