Nihat Çelik who was born in 1984 is a research assistant and Ph. D. student at Kadir Has University, International Relations Department. He started his university education at Dokuz Eylul University Public Administration Department and graduated in 2006. He obtained his Master’s Degree in 2009 in the National Security Strategies Program at Gebze Institute of High Technology with a thesis titled “Turkey and the Balkans: Turkey’s Middle and Long Term Strategic Priorities”. In 2010 he gained full scholarship for Ph. D. Program in International Relations at Kadir Has University. His main areas of interest are Political History, Balkan History&Politics, Ottoman Diplomacy and Security Studies.