Aybars Arda Kılıçer is a PhD Candidate in Political Science and International Relations at Koç University, Istanbul. He holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University and an MA in International Relations from Koç University. He wrote his master's thesis on "Assessing Regime Survivability During Civil Wars: A Comparative Analysis of the Russian (1917-22) and the Spanish (1936-39) Civil Wars". He specializes in Comparative Politics, specifically interested in Balkan Studies, Caucasian Studies, Studies of Post-Soviet Sphere, and Security Studies. Since August 2022, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Transatlantic Policy Quarterly (former Turkish Policy Quarterly). Apart from being a native Turkish speaker, he is fluent in English and knows Russian at the pre-intermediate level.