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.
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.
Can the PKK be Viewed as a Gender Liberator

Can the PKK be Viewed as a Gender Liberator?

December 16, 2016
The PKK is often represented as an environmentalist, feminist, and at times, charitable organization in mainstream Western media, while its terror methods are hidden from the picture.
The Vicious Cycle of Increasing PKK Terror and Hardening Security

The Vicious Cycle of Increasing PKK Terror and Hardening Security Policies in Turkey

November 14, 2016
The overwhelming idea in society is that the PKK is using the HDP for recruitment, propaganda and logistical support purposes, and it even uses HDP-ruled municipalities as its safe havens.
And The Day Came

And The Day Came

August 10, 2016
One major question regarding the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, is: why did millions of people flood into the main streets and squares of Turkey to stop the coup when the pro-coup soldiers declared a curfew, and even started shooting and bombing the civilians?