Christina's professional background is concentrated on human development, human security, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. She is the Chair of the International Crisis Group's Ambassador Council in Istanbul and is a member of the United Nations Business for Peace/Principles for Responsible Management Education working group. Up until recently, she was a Research Fellow with the Center for International and European Studies (CIES), located at Kadir Has University. Christina previously worked with the Istanbul Policy Center located at Sabanci University and the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Christina has written numerous foreign policy, conflict resolution and peacebuilding related articles and reports in her capacity as a doctoral student and an international consultant. She has presented her doctoral research at international conferences and regularly gives talks to academic and policy-oriented groups.
Christina has an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC. Christina is a member of the Hollings Center’s dialogue groups on “Iraq’s Foreign Policy and Economic Challenges”; The Future of Turkey-U.S. Relations: Prospects for Cooperation in the Middle East”; and "The Future of U.S.-Egypt Relations"; the American Council on Germany and the Draeger Foundation, "Study Group on Demographic Trends, Migration, and Social Cohesion in Europe"; Women's Media Center; Women in International Security, the German Marshall Fund’s Young Transatlantic Network, the Global Women’s Leadership Network, the Soho House, the Professional American Women of Istanbul, Propeller Club of the U.S. Port of Istanbul, International Studies Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, the Transfuse Association, Women's Foreign Policy Group, and Women in Foreign Policy (Turkey).
PhD Thesis Title and Abstract
Turkish Private Sector Development in Iraqi Kurdistan
Christina's dissertation concentrated on the impact of the private sector on human security and peace in fragile and conflict-affected states. Her case study specifically focused on the impact of the Turkish private sector on economic security in the Kurdistan Region (KRI) of Iraq. She also explored to what extent the Turkish private sector could not only contribute to an easing of relations between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government, but also contribute to an increase in stability and facilitate reconstruction in the area governed by the KRG despite an on-going war in Iraq. Christina was co-supervised by Dr. Stuart Croft and Dr. George Christou. Her external reviewer was Bill Park, King's College, and her internal reviewer was Richard Aldrich, University of Warwick.
Christina received a grant from the Global Research Priorities: International Development strand at the University of Warwick to address and devise strategies to address human security challenges facing the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
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