Omer Zarpli is a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. His dissertation focuses on the role of domestic politics in the effectiveness of coercive diplomacy and economic sanctions. His research interests also include domestic politics of conflict, the role of public opinion in foreign policy, and political violence. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and master’s degree in International Law and Security from Georgetown University. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Century Foundation and the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University in Washington, DC.