Pinar Tank

Senior Researcher

Pinar Tank
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 00
Mobile phone: +47 90 65 17 93
Pinar Tank is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

My current research focuses broadly on Turkey's domestic and foreign policies. In the realm of foreign policy, this includes Turkey's regional role, uses of soft power and resulting identity shifts. In the domestic arena, my research has been related to the Kurdish issue and political Islam. In addtion, I maintain my interest in civil-military relations in transitional democracies.

A related secondary theme using Turkey as a case is the role of rising powers in peacebuilding and humanitarianism.


​​​​​​Languages spoken:

English, Norwegian, Turkish, French, Spanish

Working experience:

 1998–Present: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Aug 2013 - Present: Senior Researcher, based in Brazil
2011–Aug 2013: Research Director, Dimensions of Security
2010–2011: Programme Leader, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
2009–2010: Senior Researcher
1998–2009: Research, Security Programme

 1995–1997: Reseacher, Center for European and Asian Studies, Norwegian School of Management, BI.
 1993–1995: Various positions including Teaching, translation and personal assistance.

Academic visitorships:

 2003 - Fulbright research scholarship, Georgetown University, Washington.
 2001 (October) - Visiting Research fellow at Centre for Eurasian Strategic Studies (ASAM) in Ankara, Turkey. 


 2009 - Dr. Philos. in Political Science, University of Oslo/PRIO.

Dissertation title: Turkey's military élite at a crossroad: Paths to desecuritisation?"

 1993 - Master of Philosophy in International Relations - Security Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

M.Phil thesis: “Ecofeminism: Critique or critical theory?”

​ 1990 - Bachelor of Arts Honours in French and Politics (including one year spent at Literature Faculty of Université de Nantes, France as part of French language degree). University of Keele, England. 


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Recent publications

Tank, Pinar (2016) Tyrkias regionale politikk i Midtøstens skiftende geopolitisk landskap [Turkey's Regional Politics in the Middle East's Shifting Geo-political Landscape], Babylon: Nordisk Tidskrift For Midtøsten Studier 2016(1): 34–43.

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tank, Pinar (2016) Tyrkias regionale politikk i Midtøstens skiftende geopolitisk landskap [Turkey's Regional Politics in the Middle East's Shifting Geo-political Landscape], Babylon: Nordisk Tidskrift For Midtøsten Studier 2016(1): 34–43.
Tank, Pinar (2012) “Tilbake til pragmatismen: Tyrkias Syria-politikk” [A return to pragmatism: Turkey's Syria policy], Internasjonal Politikk 70(4): 513–519.
Tank, Pinar (2010) Tyrkias militære og "den dype staten" [Turkey's Military and "The Deep State"], Babylon: Nordisk Tidsskrift For Midtøstenstudier 8(1): 70–80.
Tank, Pinar (2002) 'Re-solving' the Cyprus problem: Changing perceptions of state and societal security, European Security 11(3): 146–164.

Book Chapter

Tank, Pinar (1998) Security Issues Emanating from the Mediterrananean Basin, in Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union. London: SAGE (161–184).

Non-refereed Journal Article

Jumbert, Maria Gabrielsen; Kristian Hoelscher; Benjamin de Carvalho & Pinar Tank (2014) Brazil: An Aspiring Global Power, Government Gazette.
Tank, Pinar (2005) Cyprus: A Note on Security Guarantees and Threat Perceptions, The Turkish Yearbook of International Relations 35169–176.

Popular Article

Tank, Pinar & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2016) Flyktningavtalen mellom EU og Tyrkia er kostbar - særlig for flyktningene [The EU-Turkey Deal is Costly - Especially for the Refugees], Aftenposten.
Lende, Gina; & Tank, Pinar (2008) Siste forsøk på gjenforening [Last attempt at reunification], Stavanger Aftenblad , 13 November 2008.
Lende, Gina & Pinar Tank (2005) Ny giv i Kypros-konflikten? [New Initiatives in Cyprus?], Morgenbladet, 14 January.
Lende, Gina & Pinar Tank (2004) Historisk sjanse for Kypros [Historical Opportunity for Cyprus], Dagsavisen, 22 April.

Report - Other

Tank, Pinar (2012) Turkey as an International Mediator: Opportunities and Pitfalls, Report for Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF). .
Tank, Pinar (2012) The Concept of "Rising Powers" , Policy Brief for Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) , .

Report - External Series

Tank, Pinar (2012) The Syria crisis: Challenges to Turkey’s role in the new Middle East, NA. IKOS, New Middle East Project - University of Oslo.
Tank, Pinar (2012) The AKP’s foreign policy challenges after the Arab Spring, IKOS, 3. University of Oslo: Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS).
Tank, Pinar (1999) Understanding Turkey's Kurdish Dilemma, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 7. Oslo.

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