As a comparative political scientist, Dr. Dincer has focused his research on Middle Eastern politics with particular reference to the state, violent and non-violent non-state actors, social and political movements, democratisation, migration, and Turkish foreign policy. At BICC, he was part of a research project on de facto states from 2020-2023. As part of this project, he did research on two of the de facto state structures in the Middle East, the Islamic State (2014-2017) in Syria and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow in another BICC research project entitled Return and Belonging after Conflict-induced Displacement (RE-MIG).
Research Topics / Key Expertise
Turkish and Middle Eastern politics
Contentious politics / Social movements
Turkish foreign policy towards the Middle East
Democratisation and political development in the Middle East
Countries Of Expertise
Osman Bahadir Dinçer (Ph.D.) is a Senior Researcher at Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC) in Germany. Before joining the BICC team in 2020, he was a Research Excellence Fellow at Central European University (CEU), where he worked as an associated post-doctoral research fellow at the project Striking from the Margins: Religion, State, and Disintegration in the Middle East. Engaged in research at the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK) between 2005 and 2016, Bahadir acted as the Director of the organisation's Center for Middle Eastern Studies after 2012. As a comparative political scientist, he has focused his research on Middle Eastern politics with particular reference to the state, violent and non-violent non-state actors, social and political movements, democratisation, and Turkish foreign policy. He has authored/co-authored numerous articles, reports, and policy papers for various research institutions, including the Brookings Institution, the Valdai Discussion Club, GMF, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, European Leadership Network, as well as for USAK. His academic work has appeared in various scholarly journals like the Third World Quarterly and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, among others. Bahadir holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Bilkent University, Ankara (2016) and a master’s degree from the School of International Service at the American University, Washington DC (2008).