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.
Christchurch The West Got It All Wrong

Christchurch: The West Got It All Wrong

March 18, 2019
The lesson of the New Zealand attack is that the West got it all wrong. If there is one solution to this problem, it starts with recognizing terrorism not as an exclusively Muslim crime.
Turkey's S-400 Deal The Last Straw that Breaks the Camel's

Turkey's S-400 Deal: The Last Straw that Breaks the Camel's Back in US-Turkey Relations?

March 11, 2019
Turkey's purchase of S-400s from Russia is more than a simple choice. It's a strategic choice that might re-shape Turkey's overall position in international politics.
Vertical Mobilization of Turkey s Conservatives

Vertical Mobilization of Turkey’s Conservatives

March 4, 2019
The February 28 coup was not just about re-shaping the political spectrum by forcing political parties with military dictates. It was also a top-down social engineering process. A process that was destined to fail.
Tortures Executions and Sisi s Unlimited Credibility in the West

Tortures, Executions, and Sisi’s Unlimited Credibility in the West

February 25, 2019
Unlike the toppled president Morsi, Sisi has nothing else other than Western support. Those nine young men would be alive with their families today if only the West had not supported Sisi.
FETO's Efforts to Make Albania a Safe Haven

FETO's Efforts to Make Albania a Safe Haven

February 19, 2019
The status of FETO in Albania will be a determinant of future relations with Turkey, which carries a risk of being poisoned by FETO’s operations, and it will also be a determinant for the survival of FETO in the Balkans, where it has nowhere else to go due to the cooperative efforts of other Balkan countries with Turkey.
Hunger Strikes for the PKK s Imprisoned Leader Ocalan

Hunger Strikes for the PKK’s Imprisoned Leader Ocalan

February 11, 2019
HDP and its predecessors have long followed and supported Ocalan. Sometimes, they argued that Ocalan was being poisoned, sometimes tortured. Nevertheless, all the international investigations so far have falsified such claims.
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.