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Faculty and Research Scholar, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University
Dr. Cengiz has international field experience where he has delivered capacity building and training assistance to international partners in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. He also has been involved in the research projects for the Brookings Institute, European Union, and various U.S. agencies.
Dr. Cengiz regularly publishes books, articles and Op-eds on Syrian conflict, terrorism, transnational crime, and corruption issues in the Middle East. His recent 2019 book, “The Illicit Economy in Turkey: How Criminals, Terrorists, and the Syrian Conflict Fuel Underground Economies,” analyzes the role of criminals, money launderers, and corrupt politicians and discusses the involvement of ISIS and al-Qaida-affiliated groups in illicit economy.
Dr. Cengiz holds two masters and two doctorate degrees from Turkey and United States. His Turkish graduate degrees are in sociology. He has master degree from the School of International Service Program of American University and PhD degree from the School of Public Policy program of George Mason University. He is teaching Terrorism, American Security Policy and Narco-terrorism courses at George Mason University.
His blogs on crime and terrorism have been published by Vocal Europe, Small Wars Journal, and The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.
- Cengiz, M. (2020) “IRGC threat in the Middle East: How safe are Americans in Turkey?” Small Wars Journal.
- Cengiz, M. and Mitchel Roth (2019) The Illicit Economy in Turkey: Criminals, Terrorists, & The Impacts of the Syrian Crisis and ISIS. (Maryland: Lexington).
- Cengiz, M. (2019) “Who Was Behind July 16, 2016 Military Uprising in Turkey”, Small Wars Journal.
- Cengiz, M. (2018) “The Smuggling of Syrians Evolves into an Economic and Social Conundrum in Turkey and Europe”, Vocale Europe.
Cengiz, Mahmut (2017). “Amped in Ankara: Drug trade and drug policy in Turkey from the 1950s through today”, Brookings Institute.
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.