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E. Tatli, M

PhD student
E. Tatli, M
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            Erdal TATLI is a retired colonel from the Turkish Army. Prior to his retirement, he was deputy chief of staff of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps/Istanbul, where he was responsible for supervising Civil-Military Cooperation, Budgeting and Financing, and Plan Coordination Branches. During that assignment, he also served as the chief of civil-military cooperation (CJ9) for ISAF VI Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

            Mr. TATLI graduated from the Army Military Academy in Ankara as a first lieutenant with a bachelor's degree in military science. He first saw service as a platoon and mechanized infantry company leader in Turkish Cypress and Eastern and Southeastern Turkey, and security company commander in NATO Headquarters/Izmir, Turkey. After graduating from the Army Staff College and Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) College, he served as G2 and G3 in various brigades. Before appointed to the NATO Headquarters/Izmir in 1995 as the G2 Plan and Exercise branch chief, he was a battalion commander in Southeastern Turkey.

            In 1997, Colonel TATLI became the TAF representative to the MPRI mission in Sarajevo, which was responsible for training and equipping Bosnia & Herzegovina's armed forces. The following year, he was appointed to the AFSOUTH/NAPLES Headquarters as the Land Branch Chief in CJ3. He was responsible for planning and executing land operations in Kosovo. From 2001 until his retirement in 2005, Colonel TATLI served as a branch chief and DCOS for NATO's Rapid Deployable Corps/Istanbul.

            He was awarded three NATO medals for his service in the NATO operations in Bosna & Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

            While serving in the Turkish Army, Colonel TATLI earned a bachelor's degree in law from Ankara University, and he is still a lawyer registered to the Istanbul Bar. He also holds four master's degrees in International Affairs, National and International Security, Management, and Turkish Revolution History from the Army and Armed Forces Staff College in Istanbul. Before coming to Groningen to complete his doctoral thesis, he was a Ph.D. Student at Marmara University European Union Institute in Istanbul.

            Mr. TATLI is fluent in Turkish and English, and a good understanding level of French. An active athlete having medals at ski, tennis and table tennis; a musician, he is also a skilled bridge and chess player.

            Expertise: Islam and Democracy, Civil-Military Relations, history of the Ottoman and the Turkish Republic Military and Security affairs,  the Balkans, Middle East, and Afghanistan.

Last modified:28 March 2019 5.55 p.m.

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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands


Job title:
PhD Candidate
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