Hüseyin Alptekin

Hüseyin Alptekin

Hüseyin Alptekin is Assistant Professor at Istanbul Şehir University and researcher at SETA. He received his PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Among his academic interests are comparative political institutions, ethnic politics, nationalism, politics of Turkey, and the Middle East. His research has been published, among others, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Afro Eurasian Studies, Insight Turkey, and Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought.
Is the spring finally coming to the Turkey-PUK relations

Is the spring finally coming to the Turkey-PUK relations?

January 14, 2019
Turkey has a simple rule: do not support the PKK if you do not want to catch my wrath.
Erdogan in the NYT Turkey is the only Viable Partner

Erdogan in the NYT: Turkey is the only Viable Partner for the US

January 8, 2019
Erdogan states that Turkey can defeat (and has already defeated) Daesh militarily and, further, it is capable of preventing grievances to take root. In other words, Turkey will leave no trace of Daesh or PKK in Syria, but this will take more than destruction. Construction is the key to this strategy: it is not about killing the bad guys as much as about rebuilding Syria.
Turkey's Counter-Terrorism Efforts in 2018

Turkey's Counter-Terrorism Efforts in 2018

January 1, 2019
With the recent U.S. decision to pull out of Syria and stop supporting the PKK’s Syrian offshoot PYD, it seems like 2019 will have better news for Turkey with a prospective of wiping the PKK off its boundaries altogether.
Syria After the US Withdrawal

Syria After the US Withdrawal

December 25, 2018
If the U.S., one way or another, wants to dictate the terms of filling in the vacuum it will leave, Turkey again can play its hand to find a middle ground with the U.S. It seems like Turkey has learnt how not to lose the diplomacy game with great powers in the Syria theatre.
Enough is Enough in Eastern Syria

Enough is Enough in Eastern Syria

December 17, 2018
The U.S., sooner or later, has to find a way to do business in Eastern Syria without the PKK. This is hard given that the PYD/PKK left no other actor in the region to work with. But there is no alternative as Turkey will not watch the PKK build up its army in Syria only to hit Turkey harder.
Populism The New Wave of quot Magic quot in Europe

Populism: The New Wave of "Magic" in Europe?

December 10, 2018
The country that elected Macron for a revolution is now pushing him to the edge for another revolution.
Another Step in Pushing the PKK Out of Iraq

Another Step in Pushing the PKK Out of Iraq?

December 3, 2018
If the PUK works with Turkey in the latter’s campaign to terminate the PKK in Iraq, in return, the PUK can unseal its relations with Turkey, which were initially fragmented due to the PKK’s activities in PUK-controlled areas. 
The ECHR Ruling on Demirtas and Turkey s Response

The ECHR Ruling on Demirtas and Turkey’s Response

November 26, 2018
50 people died in the riots that Demirtas called his party to support - including 4 children conducting charity work in Diyarbakir. Now, the ECHR is requesting for his release. 
To Extradite or not to Extradite Fetullah Gulen Rumors in

To Extradite or not to Extradite Fetullah Gulen? Rumors in the Press

November 18, 2018
With various sources claiming different stories, if the Trump administration has actually considered the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, this would be a game changing move.
Does the US Bounty on PKK Leaders Mean Anything

Does the US Bounty on PKK Leaders Mean Anything?

November 10, 2018
PKK leaders Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik and Duran Kalkan have been added to the U.S. ‘Reward for Justice’ list prepared by the U.S. State Department in fighting against terrorism.