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.
Turkey in the Aftermath of the Afrin Operation

Turkey in the Aftermath of the Afrin Operation

March 31, 2018
Turkey’s “allies” that arm, train, and protect the PKK may keep the group safe in some zones for some time, but this was not enough to stop Turkey in Afrin and may not be enough in the next battleground.
Strategic Exit in Afrin but Whose Strategy

Strategic Exit in Afrin, but Whose Strategy?

March 24, 2018
Turkey’s encirclement strategy in Afrin, which is known for not letting easy retreat, left an exit door - or a golden bridge, as it is called in the military literature - open for the YPG militants. The bridge was not big enough for a collective retreat but it allowed individual militants to flee their positions.
Reign of Terror in Northern Syria Displacement Routine by the

Reign of Terror in Northern Syria: Displacement Routine by the PYD

February 5, 2018
The PYD, under U.S. military and diplomatic protection, has committed vast human rights violations ranging from arming children to training them in terror camps.
Turkey s Hunt for the PKK in post-referendum Iraq

Turkey’s Hunt for the PKK in post-referendum Iraq

December 14, 2017
As a result of its alliance with the US, the PKK expanded territories it captured and began to consolidate its territorial control in the Middle East.
Past Present Future Of Turkey's Fight Against Daesh

Past, Present, Future Of Turkey's Fight Against Daesh

November 15, 2017
This is not a finished war. As Daesh is losing its offensive capabilities in Syria, it will aim to hit soft targets in distant metropoles. Its members are trying to find exit routes out of Syria, and Turkey is what stands between Daesh terrorism and European capitals, which once again shows the interconnectedness of stability across the region from Syria to Europe and the importance of intelligence sharing and further cooperation in countering terrorism.
From foes to friends Northern Iraq's possible futures

From foes to friends: Northern Iraq's possible futures

October 25, 2017
Any concrete action against the PKK would guarantee Turkey’s strongest support for the peaceful future of Iraq. The KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) has long allied with Turkey against the PKK, but obviously it lacks the muscle, will, or both, to put an end to the PKK’s presence in the region once and for all.
The Kurdish Quest for Independence in Iraq and its Repercussions

The Kurdish Quest for Independence in Iraq and its Repercussions for Turkey and the Region

September 16, 2017
As the referendum day is coming closer, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shows no sign of stepping back despite disputes within the region and a number of calls from the central government of Iraq as well as the major regional and global actors.
Intra-Kurdish Approaches to the Independence Referendum in Northern Iraq

Intra-Kurdish Approaches to the Independence Referendum in Northern Iraq

July 7, 2017
The referendum and possible independence process gets even more complicated when the non-Kurdish actors –both within and out of Iraq- are taken into account but Masoud Barzani is not naive enough to start a game that he has no chance of winning. Either way, the referendum is a fair game that Barzani dares to play.
Between Anger and Sympathy European and North American Foreign Fighters

Between Anger and Sympathy: European and North American Foreign Fighters in the YPG

February 24, 2017
For the European and North American volunteers, both the reasons to join and desert the YPG vary. And it seems like both the governments and mainstream media address Syria as a place where such “confused” or “problematic” people can go and do things, which they are not allowed to do at home.
The PKK s Child Soldiers

The PKK’s Child Soldiers

January 16, 2017
The PKK counts thousands of child soldiers among its ranks of fighters, and they are often forced or coerced into taking up arms.