Turkish politician and academic who served as Deputy Leader of the Nationalist Movement Party from November 2015 to February 2016. He had his party membership revoked in November, 2016, and in 2017 was elected to sit as Independent Member of Parliament for Gaziantep.
He studied philosophy, politics and economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and graduated from Gazi University in 1990 with a doctorate on Turkish strategic development.
In 1999 he founded the Eurasian Strategic Research Centre and in 2000 he launched the Armenian Research Institute.
His father, Muzaffer Özdağ, was a government advisor, and his mother, Gönül Özdağ, was a MHP Women's Wing President. He and his wife, Dr. Burçin Özdağ, had a son, Alp Özdağ, in 2012.
Devlet Bahceli is the 2018 President of the Nationalist Movement Party.