Mehmet Özay

Mehmet Özay

Özay received his master’s degree at the Institute of Middle-East and Muslim Countries and PhD at the Social Science Institute at Marmara University. Between 2007-2010, he lectured in some state and private universities in Aceh, Indonesia. He was a researcher-lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) between 2010-2013. While in Indonesia and Malaysia, he conducted research on the history of Aceh and Malaya in the context of colonialism, independence movements, and the sociology of Muslim societies. He presented his works in various international conferences and published them in national and international publications. His current research is in the field of the relations between the Ottoman State, the modern Turkish Republic, and the Malay world, as well as on colonial ethics, missionary activities, and related fields.
Turkey s Renewed Interest in Asia A Second Chance at

Turkey’s Renewed Interest in Asia: A Second Chance at Success?

September 3, 2019
Political circles in Turkey are once again discussing reengaging with Turkic nations but from a different perspective. It might be described as an Asian policy of Turkey, which is undoubtedly strategically important and should not be wasted as had happened in the previous era.
Turkish Economy Must Expand into the Asia-Pacific

Turkish Economy Must Expand into the Asia-Pacific

July 26, 2019
I remember that almost a decade ago, an international consortium was going to be established in order to have a search and drilling process in north-west of Indonesia. Though there was an attempt to get an initiation for this quite fruitful investment, the representatives of the Turkish government in the region did not support it in any way, rather arguing that Turkish companies had no experience in this particular business.
Will the Hong Kong Protests defeat Beijing

Will the Hong Kong Protests defeat Beijing?

June 26, 2019
Though both the rulers and ruling party of China are proud of reaching the second top level spot in economic development after the U.S. globally, this does not give any hope to the peoples living in the autonomous regions.
Islam Colonialism and the Reaction Against Israel in Southeast Asia

Islam, Colonialism and the Reaction Against Israel in Southeast Asia

May 29, 2019
The subjugation of the land of the Palestinian nation and blockade of the Sacred sanctuary of Islam by the Zionist regime of Israel are the major reasons for the reactions of the Muslim nations worldwide, including the ones in Southeast Asia as well.
Changes in Indonesian Foreign Policy After the Elections

Changes in Indonesian Foreign Policy After the Elections

April 27, 2019
As the largest Muslim country and the third biggest democracy in the world, Indonesia is among the salient actors to intervene in global developments. However, the socio-political reality in Indonesia tells another story.
Is China Buying Out Africa

Is China Buying Out Africa?

March 27, 2019
Western countries have historically had a strong hand in the African continent and feel uncomfortable against not only Chinese multiple investment projects, but also its political influence in almost every corner of the continent.
Who Will Shape the Politics of Singapore

Who Will Shape the Politics of Singapore?

February 26, 2019
Changes occurring in Singapore's political realm should not be evaluated alone but should be taken into consideration with regional and global developments.
The Exchange of Threats on the Opposite Side of the

The Exchange of Threats on the Opposite Side of the Taiwan Strait

January 21, 2019
No doubt that China, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, yearns to fulfill political advancement in the form of unification as a complement to the PRC’s economic advancement in the last couple of decades. If this is not accomplished, then mainland China cannot get rid of the feeling of humiliation in face of the international community.
Discourse of Fear in Indonesia Upcoming Presidential Elections

Discourse of Fear in Indonesia: Upcoming Presidential Elections

December 22, 2018
Prabowo asserted that if he does not defeat incumbent president Jokowi in the upcoming April 2019 elections, the nation will face a serious peril to the extent of being extinct.
Trump s U-Turn on Relations with ASEAN

Trump’s U-Turn on Relations with ASEAN

December 4, 2018
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister of Malaysia, stated that “there is a need for the U.S. President Donald Trump to be consistent, including over policy matters on Asia.”