mmexport1456563531898Muhammet Hamza Uçar graduated from Istanbul University in July 2015 with a major in Political Science and Public Administration. Previously, Uçar has worked with several research institutes in Turkey including the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies, Eurasian Strategic Research Center and the Turkish International Research Studies, where he served as chief director of the Eurasian department between 2010 and 2014. Uçar regularly publishes articles, poems and stories in various online publications, academic and non-academic journals.

Uçar is interested in Chinese foreign policy, public policy, political psychology, political culture and history. In 2017, he completed his M.A at Yenching Academy of Peking University. His master degree thesis: Imperial Meritocracies: Comparing Models of Ottoman and Ming Dynasty the Sixteenth Century. Currently, Uçar is seeking to do his researches at the PhD degree.  hamza@middlekingdomreview.co.uk


Benjamin Griffin is a researcher at Peking University where he specialises in East Asian regional politics and international relations, with a particular emphasis on the DPRK (North Korea). Griffin studied for his M.A. in China Studies at the Yenching Academy, Peking University and received his B.A. in International Studies from Leiden University, Netherlands.

Griffin takes a deep interest in the non-government sector with a specific focus on education and the environment. He has sought to combine this passion with his East Asia studies background and has worked for several Chinese non-profit organisations. Currently, Griffin is a campus ambassador for SmartAir, Beijing. In 2014, Griffin led an educational engagement project to the DPRK (North Korea) becoming the inaugural English language professor at the Pyongyang College of Tourism. In 2017 Griffin will publish his M.A. political sociology Thesis on the growth of the post-1980’s Chinese middle classes. Aside from Mandarin Chinese, Griffin also speaks fluent Dutch and German.



danielDaniel Khalessi is a Yenching Scholar and Founder and CEO of Fireside, a mobile application that reduces misinformation in American media and empowers people to communicate directly to government leaders. A Silk Road traveller, Daniel has analysed China’s relations with the Persian Empire and its influence in Central Asia.

Daniel worked as an Adviser to Former U.S. Secretary of Defence William Perry for a global nuclear disarmament project, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Daniel’s publications on Sino-Iranian relations, nuclear weapons, and Chinese philosophy have appeared in The Huffington Post, Routledge Taylor and Francis’s Nonproliferation Review, the Yenching Review, and The China Hands Magazine. Daniel holds an MA in Global Affairs from Yale, an MA in Economics and Management from Peking University, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford University with Interdisciplinary Honors from the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).