Burak Kadercan

Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy, Naval War College

Prior to my appointment at the Naval War College, I was Lecturer in International Relations (open-ended contract) at the University of Reading (UK) and Assistant Professor in International Relations (tenure-track) and coordinator for the Master Program in International Security at Institut Barcelona D’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

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My opinion pieces have been published in The National Interest, openDemocracy, LSE'S EUROPP Blog, and I am a regular contributor for War on the Rocks

I am an Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. During Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, I was an inaugural fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2011. I am also a Senior Associate at the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG). I am the author of Shifting Grounds: The Social Origins of Territorial Conflict (Oxford University Press, September 2023). 

My research agenda lies at the intersection of IR theory, international security, political geography, and international history. I specialize in two broad topics. The first is the study of territory and territoriality in the context of international politics. The second topic involves the relationship between state-formation (or state failure) processes and production of military power. The cases I examine range from the Ottoman Empire to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), or private military and security companies in present-day Iraq and Afghanistan. At the Naval War College, I teach on the self-proclaimed Islamic State as well as AQ and associated movements, strategic communications, India-Pakistan rivalry, nuclear strategy, and Turkish politics. My research has been published in International Security; International Theory; Review of International Studies; International Studies Review; Territory, Politics, Governance; Middle East Policy; Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and Global Studies Quarterly.