Mahmut Aytekin is a Deputy Researcher at TRT World. Before joining TRT World, Mahmut worked as a researcher at the INSAMER Humanitarian and Social Research Center. Mahmut Aytekin obtained his BA in Islamic Theology from Marmara University, and his Masters in International Relations at Deakin University, majoring in security and conflict whereby his thesis was titled 'How do they recruit?: A comparative case study of ISIL and the PKK'. Mahmut is also in the process of completing his Graduate Diploma in Intelligence Analysis at Macquarie University, and a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice at the University of New England in Australia. His research specialization embodies radicalization, de-radicalization, terrorism disengagement & rehabilitation, third-wave & fourth-wave terrorist organizations, and intelligence analysis.