M. Tahir Kilavuz is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. His research interests include authoritarianism, regime change, religion and politics, coup d’état, survey analysis, mixed methods research and experimental design, both in the MENA and in the cross-regional setting. More specifically, he examines durability of authoritarian regimes and transitions both to other types of dictatorship and to democracy, with a particular emphasis on how institutions shape and constrain the behavior of political regimes and the masses. In his book project, he focuses on the factors behind political regime persistence and change in the MENA comprehensively, both in terms of time period and geographical coverage. He explains the institutional strategies of the leaders to sustain their regimes’ survival through cross-national analysis in the MENA and the impact of opposition challenges during democratization attempts with experimental and qualitative evidence from the case studies of Algeria, Egypt, and Tunisia


He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2019. He holds an MA degree from Koç University and a BA degree from Istanbul Bilgi University and has research or training experience in Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Turkey.


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