Dr. Mahmut Cengiz is a research scholar at Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). He is a leading expert on transnational crime, corruption, terrorism, money laundering, and terrorist financing as well as human trafficking and smuggling of nuclear materials with a particular focus on the Middle East. He specializes in the relationship between crime and conflict in peacekeeping missions. He is also a security expert on policies related to crime and terror issues.
Holding two masters and two doctorate degrees in Turkey and in USA, Dr. Cengiz has a broader academic and teaching background on international relations, sociology, and public policy. He is the author of four books, a number of articles, and book chapters regarding organized crime, smuggling, terrorist financing, and trafficking issues. His recently published book (2015), combines theory and field experience and discusses many illicit trade issues in the Middle East. He recently has studied transnational threats in the Middle East in terms of conflict in Syria and ISIS, the role of regional drug criminal networks, the interest of terrorist organizations in WMD, and the effects of corruption over the instability in the Middle East. Dr. Cengiz has spoken at various international fora on transnational crime, terrorism, and corruption.
Recent Publications of Dr. Cengiz
Cengiz, M. (2021) “Beheading as a Signature Method of Jihadist Terrorism from Syria to France”, European Security Journal, https://www.esjnews.com/beheading-as-signature-method-of-jihadist-terrorism-from-syria-to-france.
Cengiz, Mahmut “Prevention of the Procurement of Arms and Explosives by Terrorist Groups,” in Handbook of Terrorism Prevention and Preparedness, edited by Alex P. Schmid (The Hague: ICCT Press Publication, 2021).
Cengiz, Mahmut and Kutluer Karademir (2020) “Why Salafi-Jihadist Terrorist Groups Pledge Allegiance to Al Qaeda or ISIS”, International Journal on Criminology, Volume 7, Number 2, Spring.
Cengiz, M. (2020) “No End in Sight for the Conflict in Syria: Who are Winners and Losers?” Small Wars Journal, https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/no-end-sight-conflict-syria-who-are-winners-and-losers.
Cengiz, M. and Mitchel Roth (2019) The Illicit Economy in Turkey: Criminals, Terrorists, & The Impacts of the Syrian Crisis and ISIS. (Maryland: Lexington).
Cengiz, Mahmut (April 2017). “Amped in Ankara: Drug trade and drug policy in Turkey from the 1950s through today”, Brookings Institute, https://www.brookings.edu/research/amped-in-ankara-drug-trade-and-drug-policy-in-turkey-from-the-1950s-through-today/
Cengiz, M. (2016) Orta Dogu’da Kuresel Tehditler: Suriye Krizi ve ISID Teroru [Transnational Threats in the Middle East: The Syrian Crisis and ISIS Terror]. Ankara: Adalet Yayinevi.
Cengiz, Mahmut (2015), Türkiye’de Organize Suç Gerçeği ve Terörün Finansmanı [The Reality of Organized Crime and Terrorist Financing in Turkey], Ankara: Seckin Publication House
Cengiz, Mahmut (2011), Turkish Organized Crime: From Local to Global, Saarbrücken: Verlag Dr. Müller
Cengiz, Mahmut (2011), “Smuggling of Nuclear Materials in the Former Soviet Union,” Turkish Journal of Police Studies Volume 13, Issue 1
Cengiz, Mahmut (2010), “Various System Methodologies to Analyze Theft and Smuggling of Nuclear Material Cases,” Turkish Journal of Criminology Volume 1, Issue 2.