Tural Hamidli is a Portland-based independent researcher. His specialization is Middle East studies, with a focus on Israel & Palestine. He holds his Bachelor of Arts from Azerbaijan University of Languages in International Relations and Regional Studies. He has gained two master’s degrees, one from Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania in political science and one from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev from Israel in history. His current area of interests includes but not limited to public policy, politics, development, civic engagement, and history.