Ersel Aydinli is a professor in the department of International Relations at Bilkent University. He previously taught in the department of International Relations at the George Washington University and at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. His educational degrees include an MA in International Relations from the George Washington University, PhD in Political Science from McGill University, and post-doctorate from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His research interests include the disciplinary sociology of international relations, international security with a focus on non-state actors, and Turkey’s security and foreign policy. He has published a number of books, including Strateji Düşüncesi: Kuram, Paradoks, Uygulama (edited volume with Ali Karaosmanoğlu, Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2021), Widening the World of International Relations: Homegrown Theorizing (Routledge, 2018, with G. Biltekin); Violent Non-State Actors: From Anarchists to Jihadists (Routledge, 2016), Emerging Transnational (In)Security Governance: A Statist Transnationalist Approach (Routledge, 2015), Paradigms in Transition: Globalization, Security and the Nation State edited with James N. Rosenau (SUNY Press, 2005), Yöntem, Kuram, Komplo Türk Uluslararası İlişkiler Disiplininde Vizyon Arayışları (with E. Kurubas & H. Ozdemir, Ankara: Asil Yayın Dağıtım, 2009).  and articles in such journals as Journal of Peace ResearchForeign AffairsJournal of DemocracySecurity DialogueThe Chinese Journal of International PoliticsMiddle East JournalTerrorism and Political ViolenceReview of International StudiesInternational Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives and Foreign Policy Analysis. He is the Editor-in-Chief of All Azimuth: A Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace.