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Özlem Has

Visiting Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Law
  • Security
  • Conflict

Biography

Dr Özlem Has is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Defence Studies. She earned her PhD from the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at Copenhagen University and was awarded a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Dr Has is a Political Scientist and Historian with a research specialisation in state formation, political violence, necropolitics, paramilitarism, and mercenarism. Her current research project explores the functioning of private military companies in contemporary conflict zones with a comparative focus on the American Blackwater, the Russian Wagner Group, and the Turkish SADAT. In this project, Dr Has dissects the complex nature of PMCs between paramilitarism and mercenarism definitions and examines challenges posed by them to the law of war in theory and practice.

Research Interests

  • Political Violence
  • Law and Violence
  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Accountability and Impunity
  • Plausible Deniability
  • Paramilitarism
  • Mercenarism
  • Private Military Forces

Research

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Forum for Private Security Research

The FSPR provides a hub for scholars interested in studying the private security sector.

Events

07MarSilhouette of soldiers army military

African agency and the use of private military and security forces

A roundtable discussion on how African leaders have used foreign military and security forces to advance their political and economic interests.

Research

FSPR Thumb New
Forum for Private Security Research

The FSPR provides a hub for scholars interested in studying the private security sector.

Events

07MarSilhouette of soldiers army military

African agency and the use of private military and security forces

A roundtable discussion on how African leaders have used foreign military and security forces to advance their political and economic interests.