Mustafa Cosar Unal ‘09 received honorable mention for the 2010 National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Dissertation Award. His dissertation was one of two recognized in the nationwide competition. The dissertation, “Turkish Responses to Violence by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK): Policy Choices and Policy Effects” examined the effects of the Turkish Government’s anti-terrorism policies on reducing PKK violence from 1984-2007, the response of the PKK to those policies and the underlying causes of the violence. UMBC Magazine highlighted his research in the article “Targeting Terror in Turkey” in the Summer 2010 edition. Unal is an intelligence official with the Turkish National Police.