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.
The HDP between Ethnic and Socialist Appeals

The HDP between Ethnic and Socialist Appeals

May 26, 2018
The upcoming elections, will show whether the HDP and PKK will be able to appeal to the Turkish socialists without distancing conservative Kurdish nationalists.  
No Unified Front for Turkey s Ethnic Kurdish Parties

No Unified Front for Turkey’s Ethnic Kurdish Parties

May 19, 2018
The goals of small Kurdish parties in creating a Kurdistan free from the Turkish state’s jurisdiction is neither realistic nor moderate, even for the local population. Under such circumstances, it seems like the electoral race in the region will, once again, be between the AK party and the HDP.
Ince s Dilemma in his Appeal to the Kurdish Constituency

Ince’s Dilemma in his Appeal to the Kurdish Constituency

May 12, 2018
As Ince continues his appeal to HDP voters, Aksener’s constituency and the secular nationalist CHP constituency will also distance themselves from Ince. Under such circumstances, the odds for Ince are still too low to expect a victory against Erdogan. 
The Odds for Erdogan and Demirtas in Turkey s Presidential

The Odds for Erdogan and Demirtas in Turkey’s Presidential Elections

May 6, 2018
It seems like the Kurdish votes will be split between Erdogan and Demirtas in the first round of the elections. Nevertheless, in case Erdogan is not elected in the first round, he will most likely compete with the main opposition party’s candidate Ince in the run-off stage. In such a scenario, Erdogan seems much closer to consolidating the Kurdish voters than his probable rival.
Who Will Turkey s Kurds Vote For

Who Will Turkey’s Kurds Vote For?

April 28, 2018
The electoral behavior of Turkey’s Kurds with regard to the AK Party and Erdogan vis a vis the HDP shows that President Erdogan has become a much tougher challenge for the HDP in comparison to the AK Party as a whole.
Is Erdogan the Condorcet Winner in Turkey

Is Erdogan the Condorcet Winner in Turkey?

April 21, 2018
Erdogan knows that he will win in any pairwise election and that is the reason why he presents the elections in dichotomies as in the case of “me versus him.” In a nutshell, if politics is a game, Erdogan knows how to play it.  
To Hit or Not to Hit Assad Is That the

To Hit or Not to Hit Assad, Is That the Matter?

April 15, 2018
April 2018 strikes gave the message to Assad that the volume of strikes will increase if he uses chemical attacks once again. But the very same message tells Assad that he is quite secure if he satisfies with killing his own citizens with weapons other than chemical weapons.
Ankara Summit Discussing Divergent Scenarios in Syria

Ankara Summit: Discussing Divergent Scenarios in Syria

April 7, 2018
Among such diverging priorities, Turkey, Iran and Russia will need to give each other benefit of the doubt rather than assuming the worst, which, in this case, would be spoiling the accommodation process and pursuing their maximalist, or best-case scenarios at the cost of the other two.
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.