Alper Kaliber is assistant professor of International Relations at Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey. He completed his PhD in Political Science at Bilkent University, Turkey in July 2005. Dr. Kaliber served as a research fellow at University of Birmingham conducting a project entitled ‘De-securitizing Foreign Policy Unpacking the Impact of Europeanization: The Cyprus Case’, funded by Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino/Italy, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stockholm/Sweden, and VolkswagenStiftung, Hanover/Germany within the framework of European Common Foreign and Security Policy Studies. He worked as a consultant and researcher in the SHUR project ‘Human Rights in Conflicts: The Role of Civil Society’, funded by the EU 6th Framework Programme. He previously taught European security and European integration modules at Sabanci University and University of Birmingham. His areas of interest include Critical Security Studies, European security, the Cyprus conflict, Europeanisation, Turkish politics and modernisation. Among his recent publications are ‘Human Rights, Civil Society and Conflict in Turkey’s Kurdish Question’, in “Civil Society, Conflicts, and the Politicization of Human Rights”, Raffaele Marchetti and Nathalie Tocci (eds.), (United Nations University Press, Tokyo, 2011): 139-160 and ‘Re-imagining Cyprus: The Rise of Regionalism in Turkey’s Security Lexicon’, in Cyprus: A Conflict at the Crossroads, T. Diez and N. Tocci (eds.), (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009): 105-123.