Ahmet Barbak holds a PhD in Political Science and Public Administration from Ankara University, Turkey; an MBA from Gazi University, Turkey; and a Bachelors degree in Systems Engineering from the Turkish Military Academy.
He is an interdisciplinary researcher pondering the security-development nexus and implications of changing security understanding for states and international organizations. He also seeks to explain global security governance in terms of public administration paradigms, and surveys the influences of global governance on national sovereignty, public policy and organization with a particular focus on state monopoly on legitimate use of force, as well as non-statutory means of violence. His latest publication was an examination of the European Union’s structural and functional adjustment to adapt itself to international cooperation for security sector reform.
He has a special interest in employing qualitative and post-positivist methods in his research, particularly bibliometrics, content analysis, and critical discourse analysis. He utilizes MAXQDA, NVivo and SciMAT extensively in his research.
Dr. Barbak has taught public administration, security governance, and public safety administration at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Izmir Katip Celebi University (Department of Political Science), Turkey. Prior to joining academia, he served as an Army Finance Officer in the Turkish Armed Forces, where he experienced homeland security operations and took part in International Security Assistance Force (NATO/ISAF) in Afghanistan. As a practitioner, he has an accumulation of knowledge pertaining to Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System (PPBES), public financial management and procurement.
Dr. Barbak speaks Turkish, English and Italian.