Mustafa Gurbuz

Mustafa Gurbuz

ACW Position

Non-resident Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Turkish foreign policy, Kurdish politics, ethnic and sectarian dynamics in Syria and Iraq



Mustafa Gurbuz

Non-resident Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC


Mustafa Gurbuz is a Nonresident Fellow at Arab Center Washington (ACW) and a senior adjunct faculty in the Arab World Studies program in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture at American University in Washington, DC. His research examines political violence, Turkish foreign policy, ethnic/sectarian politics in Syria and Iraq, and Kurdish movements. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and served as Associate Editor of Sociology of Islam journal (2013-16).

Dr. Gurbuz was a policy fellow at Center for Global Policy at George Mason University (2014-16) and a post-doctoral scholar at the University of South Florida (2012-14). He was invited to the Canadian Parliament for briefing on Kurdish affairs and his OP-ED analyses, interviews, and comments appeared in a wide spectrum of global media including The Washington Post, BBC World News, USA Today, Daily Star, Slate, Al-Jazeera, Russia Today, CCTV, EWTN, NRT TV, Al-Arabiya, The New Arab, Voice of America, Kurdistan 24, Rudaw, Hurriyet Daily News, Vocal International, Middle East Eye, Middle East Monitor, and Syria Deeply.

Dr. Gurbuz is the author of Rival Kurdish Movements in Turkey: Transforming Ethnic Conflict (Amsterdam University Press, 2016).