Nilsu Goren is a research associate at CISSM. She received her dissertation at the University Maryland's School of Public Policy in 2016. Her dissertation focused on Turkish security policymaking and cooperative security strategies to formulate a coherent Turkish nuclear posture between NATO membership and regional engagement on issues such as tactical nuclear weapons, air and missile defense, and the Iranian nuclear program. Since then, Nilsu has written about Turkish defense modernization and security policymaking towards Russia, as well as nuclear security issues in the Middle East. She is a non-resident senior fellow with the Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Nilsu has also conducted research at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), Federation of American Scientists, and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and taught at Koc University, Istanbul. She holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Political Science from Sabanci University, Istanbul. Turkey.