Kibaroglu, Mustafa

Kibaroglu, Mustafa

Istanbul, Turkey
MEF University
Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Director of the Center for International Security Studies and Strategic Research
Historical aspects of nuclear nonproliferation,
military and political aspects of international security,
tactical nuclear weapons in Europe,
Iran’s nuclear programme,
Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone

Doctor of Philosophy.

Born on September 30, 1962.

In 1995, Mustafa Kibaroglu worked as a Research Fellow at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva. In 1996, he held a position of a Research Fellow at the International Atomic Energy Agency at the University of Southampton, England. In 1996–1997, he was a Research Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), California, USA. In 1997–2011, he was Professor at the Faculty of International Relations of Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. He taught courses “Arms Control and Disarmament” and “Turkish Foreign Policy”. He also held the position of the Deputy Head of the Department. In 2004-2005, Mustafa Kibaroglu worked as a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. In 2006–2013, he was a Scientific Adviser to the NATO Center of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism and Editor-in-Chief of the Defense Against Terrorism Review journal. In 2011–2014, he was the Head of the Department of International Relations at the Okan University in Istanbul, Turkey. Mustafa Kibaroglu is also a member of the Council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. In 2016–2019, he was an Honorary Member of the sectoral working group of ROKETSAN Missile Industries. In 2018–2020, he served as the Chairman of one of the analytical centers of Turkey.

Mustafa Kibaroglu has published in a number of scientific journals, including Security Dialogue, Nonproliferation Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Journal, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Turkish Studies, Middle East Policy, and Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. His research interests include the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, NATO, European security and defense policy, international terrorism, Middle East policy, and Turkish foreign policy.

PIR Center Advisory Board Member since 2013.


  • Kibaroglu M. Nuclear Security and Turkey. Dealing with Nuclear Smuggling // Nuclear Security: A Turkish Perspective / Edited by S. Ülgen. Istanbul: EDAM & Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2015. — 112 p.
  • Kibaroglu M. Turkey’s Unchanging NSNW Policy // A Problem Deferred: NATO Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons After Chicago / Edited by H. Chalmers, M. Chalmers, A. Berger. London: Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), 2012. — 70 p. 
  • Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism / Edited by O. Aytac, M. Kibaroglu. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2009. — 184 p.
  • Global Security Watch-Turkey: A Reference Handbook / Edited by M. Kibaroglu, A. Kibaroglu. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2009. — 240 p. 

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