Dr. Deniz Cifci is a Middle East Analyst and Researcher specialising in ethnic and religious movements in the Middle East, in general, Turkey and the Kurds in particular-with a focus on ISIS, Hashd Al-Shaabi, the Kurds and Kurdish Issues and Turkish Foreign Policy. He worked as a researcher and analyst at many institutions both in Turkey and in the UK. He presents at international, regional, and national conferences. Many of his articles have been published in several newspapers, blogs and political magazines. He has also been invited to several talks on the Kurds, Turkey and ISIS as an expert. He appears on TV channels including BBC, France 24, Islam Channel, Al Mayadeen, TRT Turk, TRT Haber, Rudaw, Kurdsat, K24, Radio Monocle, and The Voice of America and has been interviewed by several newspapers and institutions. He is currently working on his two books titled ‘The Kurds and the Politics of Turkey: Agency, Territory and Religion’, and ‘ISIS and the Kurds: The Roots of Conflict in Syria and Iraq’ for the I.B. Tauris Publishing.