Adjunct Faculty and Research Scholar, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University
Dr. Mahmut Cengiz is an adjunct faculty and a research scholar at Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University where he is teaching terrorism. He is a leading expert on transnational crime, corruption, terrorism, money laundering, and terrorist financing as well as human trafficking and smuggling of nuclear materials with a particular focus on the Middle East. He specializes on the relationship between crime and conflict in peacekeeping missions. He is also a security expert on policies related to crime and terror issues.
Holding two masters and two doctorate degrees in Turkey and in USA, Dr. Cengiz has a broader academic and teaching background on international relations, sociology, and public policy. He is the author of five books, a number of articles, and book chapters regarding organized crime, smuggling, terrorist financing, and trafficking issues. His recent book published in (2016), combines theory and field experience and discusses many illicit trade issues in the Middle East. He recently has studied transnational threats in the Middle East in terms of conflict in Syria and ISIS, the role of regional drug criminal networks, the interest of terrorist organizations to WMD, and the effects of corruption over the instability in the Middle East. Dr. Cengiz has spoken at various international fora on transnational crime, terrorism, and corruption.
Cengiz, Mahmut (2017). “Amped in Ankara: Drug trade and drug policy in Turkey from the 1950s through today”, Brookings Institute.
Cengiz, M. (2017) “Turkey has a major drug problem—here’s how to get a handle on it”, Brookings Institute.
Cengiz, M. (2017) “How Organized Crime and Terror are linked to Oil Smuggling along Turkey’s Borders”, The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.
Cengiz, M. (2016) Orta Dogu’da Kuresel Tehditler: Suriye Krizi ve ISID Teroru [Transnational Threats in the Middle East: The Syrian Crisis and ISIS Terror]. Ankara: Adalet Yayinevi.
Cengiz. M. (2015). Turkiyede Organize Suc Gercegi ve Terorun Finansmani [The Reality of Organized Crime and Terrorist Financing in Turkey], Seckin Publication House, Ankara.