Baris Tügrul is a researcher working at the Faculty of Communication at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He is currently working at the University of Basque Country as visiting fellow. His main research interests are in political violence, ethnic and religious conflicts and conflict prevention strategies. Specific cases he has been dealing with are the Basque and Kurdish armed conflicts. He holds a Ph.D in Political Sociology from Complutense University of Madrid and the EHESS Paris, a M.A. in International Relations and M.A. in Sociology from Complutense University, and a B.A. in Communication Sciences from Ankara University.