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Laura Bastos-Pereira is, since 2010, a PhD Candidate in the International Relations – International Politics and Conflict Resolution program of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Coimbra and an MA in Advanced International and European Studies from the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales, Nice. Her research focuses mainly on Turkish politics and her thesis is on the concept of identity in international relations and Turkish foreign policy. Since January 2014, she is a recipient of the "Turkey Scholarships".
Hasan Basmisirli holds an MA from the Department of International Relations at Kadir Has University. He holds a BA cum Laude in Political Science from George Washington University. He is a member of the International Relations Council of Turkey. His area of studies include Near East politics, comparative and regional studies, terrorism, and the politics of the Middle East. Hasan is a Research Assistant at the CIES since May 2016.