Pinar Tank

Senior Researcher

Pinar Tank
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 00
Mobile phone: +47 90 65 17 93

Research Interests

My current research focuses broadly on Turkey's domestic and foreign policies. In the realm of foreign policy, this includes Turkey's regional role, uses of soft power and resulting identity shifts. In the domestic arena, my research has been related to the Kurdish issue and political Islam. In addtion, I maintain my interest in civil-military relations in transitional democracies.

A related secondary theme using Turkey as a case is the role of rising powers in peacebuilding and humanitarianism.


​​​​​​Languages spoken:

English, Norwegian, Turkish, French, Spanish

Working experience:

 1998–Present: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Aug 2013 - Present: Senior Researcher, based in Brazil
2011–Aug 2013: Research Director, Dimensions of Security
2010–2011: Programme Leader, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
2009–2010: Senior Researcher
1998–2009: Research, Security Programme

 1995–1997: Reseacher, Center for European and Asian Studies, Norwegian School of Management, BI.
 1993–1995: Various positions including Teaching, translation and personal assistance.

Academic visitorships:

 2003 - Fulbright research scholarship, Georgetown University, Washington.
 2001 (October) - Visiting Research fellow at Centre for Eurasian Strategic Studies (ASAM) in Ankara, Turkey. 


 2009 - Dr. Philos. in Political Science, University of Oslo/PRIO.

Dissertation title: Turkey's military élite at a crossroad: Paths to desecuritisation?"

 1993 - Master of Philosophy in International Relations - Security Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

M.Phil thesis: “Ecofeminism: Critique or critical theory?”

​ 1990 - Bachelor of Arts Honours in French and Politics (including one year spent at Literature Faculty of Université de Nantes, France as part of French language degree). University of Keele, England. 


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Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tank, Pinar (2002) 'Re-solving' the Cyprus problem: Changing perceptions of state and societal security, European Security 11(3): 146–164.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Tank, Pinar (2005) Cyprus: A Note on Security Guarantees and Threat Perceptions, The Turkish Yearbook of International Relations 35169–176.

Popular Article

Tank, Pinar & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) What a Biden Presidency Could Mean for the Middle East, PRIO Blog, 12 November.
Lende, Gina & Pinar Tank (2008) Siste forsøk på gjenforening [Last attempt at reunification], Stavanger Aftenblad, 13 November 2008.
Lende, Gina & Pinar Tank (2005) Ny giv i Kypros-konflikten? [New Initiatives in Cyprus?], Morgenbladet, 14 January.
Lende, Gina & Pinar Tank (2004) Historisk sjanse for Kypros [Historical Opportunity for Cyprus], Dagsavisen, 22 April.