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.
Jamal Khashoggi and Andrew Brunson Two Cases Showing How Turkish

Jamal Khashoggi and Andrew Brunson: Two Cases Showing How Turkish Foreign Policy Functions

October 13, 2018
While the power game in Syria continues in its fullest sensitivity, the fates of individuals from the tragedy of Khashoggi to the release of Brunson will have reflections in Turkey’s complex and interdependent foreign affairs calculations.
No Meddling in Iraqi Politics Turkey's Spot is on the

No Meddling in Iraqi Politics: Turkey's Spot is on the PKK

October 7, 2018
The PUK’s candidate Barham Salih was elected as the new president of Iraq on Tuesday, 2 October, in an easy win over the KDP’s candidate Fuad Hussein (219 votes vs only 22). Many think this result became possible only after Iran cut a deal with the PUK.
A Textbook Example How the Gulenist Cult Became a Terrorist

A Textbook Example: How the Gulenist Cult Became a Terrorist Organization

September 29, 2018
If terror is the use of violence by non-state actors targeting civilians in order to achieve their political objectives, Gulenists did this on the night of July 15 and, hence, they are a textbook example of terrorist organizations - a very innovative one.
Turkey Buys Time and Hope for Idlib

Turkey Buys Time (and Hope) for Idlib

September 22, 2018
Turkey’s Idlib deal gave the rebels one more month to consider their options. It gave Turkey another month to make its preparations for the worst case scenario. It also presented another successful test for the Turkish-Russian cooperation in Syria.
As Diplomacy Moves on in Idlib so does Turkey s

As Diplomacy Moves on in Idlib, so does Turkey’s Deterrence Strategy

September 17, 2018
Turkey’s primary strategy in this game is to deter the Syrian regime from a brutal offensive while trying to find a middle ground with Russia and bringing the similar minded European powers closer to the game.
Turkey s take on the Tehran Summit on Idlib

Turkey’s take on the Tehran Summit on Idlib

September 10, 2018
Yes, the joint statement did not guarantee a fully peaceful solution over Idlib but this diplomatic traffic is still better than no diplomacy for Turkey, which is trying to eliminate the possibility of a bloodbath in Idlib.
Turkey s route in the Middle Eastern conundrum

Turkey’s route in the Middle Eastern conundrum

September 1, 2018
Kids bully, fight, and cause problems if they are not restrained or incentivized by their parents. All this mess in the Middle East is mostly the result of this fight between regional powers in the absence of greater ones.
Mourning for an unborn liberal world order

Mourning for an unborn liberal world order

August 25, 2018
Why do we have this recent haze and craze then if the liberal world order that we mourn for now has never been born?
How Turkey s war against the PKK is becoming more

How Turkey’s war against the PKK is becoming more effective

August 18, 2018
Over the past week, the Turkish Armed Forces neutralized two senior PKK commanders and took diplomatic steps for a decisive solution to the country’s war on terror.
How to save a sinking pseudo-alliance Turkey-US relations

How to save a sinking pseudo-alliance: Turkey-US relations

August 11, 2018
As long as the U.S. does not change its policies regarding the PYD and FETO, Turkey will see its alliance with the U.S. as no more than a pseudo-alliance no matter how much it hurts the Turkish economy.