by Burak Kurt

About the author

Burak Kurt is a creative and analytical strategist with 10+ years experience as a public administration expert focused in strategic decision-making, public policy, (tech) procurement and contract management.  Burak holds a Master of Science in Crisis & Security Management from the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University. His research interests are visual culture, asymmetric warfare, statecraft, strategic management and political violence. Currently, Burak is pursuing his second master at Leiden University focused on Public Management with a thesis on outer space policy and the space debris issue.

Challenges and problem situations in contemporary governance and public policy are often difficult to predict or resolve. Modern day problems stem from a wide range and variety of exogenous factors, ‘trigger’ events and conflicts.

These challenges are fundamental social problems with numerous actors, interactions and motivations directing the outcome of public policy and shaping territories and nation-states. Governments, allies and adversaries are confronted with situations that are essentially unknowable; a result of the complex interplay of chance, human will, creativity and intellect.

From this perspective, no amount of data collection or analysis will lead to an absolute ‘truth’ or provide a window into the future. In other words, a problem is not known, but constructed.