Merve Seren

Researcher, Security, Ankara
Ph.D. Merve SEREN had worked in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey as a Parliamentary Advisor, between 2005 and 2015. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University and an M.A. in European Union from Başkent University while pursuing her Erasmus Scholarship at Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany. She entered International Security and Terrorism Department’s Ph.D. program in Turkish Military Academy and completed the program but then attended to Turkish Police Academy as a Ph.D. candidate where she defended her doctoral dissertation on strategic intelligence and national security. Seren got acceptance to the U.S. Legislative Fellow Program which was co-sponsored by Freedom House and National Democratic Institute, funded by U.S. Department of State. Besides, selected as a member of Atlantic Council’s Young Atlanticist NATO Working Group and attended to the GLOBSEC Bratislava as well as to NATO Young Atlanticist Summit held on the outskirts of the NATO Summit in Chicago. Additionally, chosen to the First Middle-East Generational Ambassadors Summit hosted by Richardson Center, co-sponsored by Aspen Institute, also to the Youth Ministerial Meeting, organized by Atlantic Treaty Association in collaboration with NATO Public Diplomacy Division. Furthermore, chosen to the Munich Young Leaders, a joint initiative of Körber Foundation and Munich Security Conference. As of February 2015, Seren has been working as a researcher in Security Studies Department of SETA Foundation. She is responsible for conducting research on issues related to security, defense and intelligence such as air and missile defense systems, UAV technology, cyber security and military expenditure.