Feriha Perekli was a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the SETA Foundation at Washington DC. She holds a Ph.D. from the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures program at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Perekli received her B.S. degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her research interests include modern politics of the Middle East, the democratization process in the MENA region, and political Islam in North Africa and Turkey. She has taught classes covering democratization in the Middle East and political Islam, and has published articles in such journals as Insight Turkey and New Middle Eastern Studies.