Victoria Araj is an independent researcher and consultant. She has ten years of experience in qualitative and quantitative data-collection and analysis on the Middle East, conflict, political Islam, security and the state. Specific areas include: Turkey’s foreign relations and domestic governance, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Muslim Brotherhood, and semi-periphery and peripheral aid networks.
She completed her PhD in 2018 on 'The Turkish Model, the Double-Security Dilemma, and the Political Reproduction of State Polities in the Middle East' at the University of Bradford's Department of Peace Studies. She holds a Masters in International Development: Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction and a BA in Development Studies and Economics both from the University of Manchester. Between 2011- 2013 she was awarded a Marie Curie European Commission Fellowship in Sustainable Peace-building at Sabanci University in Istanbul.