Omer Zarpli is working towards his PhD in Political Science, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. His dissertation focuses on the effect of coercive actions by foreign states and international organizations, such as the International Criminal Court, on the public opinion and political behavior in the target states. He also conducts research on political violence and terrorism. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and master’s degree in International Law from Georgetown University. Prior to coming to Pitt, he worked as a researcher at the Century Foundation, and the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University in Washington, DC.