Dr. Alpaslan Özerdem is director of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University.
With over 15 years of field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Turkey, he specializes in the politics of humanitarian interventions, disaster response, security sector reform, reintegration of former combatants and post-conflict state building.
He has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several advisory and applied research projects for a wide range of national and international organizations. Alpaslan leads the CPRS Turkey Peace and Security Studies research group and organizes the annual Istanbul Human Security Conference series.
He is also president of the Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis and edits the online open access Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security.