Taylan Çökenoğlu received his undergraduate degree from Journalism Department of Ankara University Communication Faculty and his master degree (MSc) from Middle East Studies Department of the Middle East Technical University. He is currently pursuing his doctoral (PhD) studies at the International Relations Department of Middle East Technical University. Çökenoğlu, who served as a consultant in academic projects related to the Arab Diaspora in Turkey, also taught Lebanese and Syrian Arabic to the employees of international organizations such as United Nations. His academic work focuses on issues related to the Middle East policies of Iran, Arab-Iranian relations, the social and political transformation of the Middle East, the religious rituals in modern Shiite societies. Taylan Çökenoğlu, apart from his native Turkish, is fluent in English, Arabic and Persian.