Dr. Hakkı Taş

Research Fellow


  • Short CV

    • Since 2/2018: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • 2017 - 2018: Philipp Schwartz Fellow, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies, University of Bremen

    • 2016 - 2017: The Swedish Institute Fellow, Department of Strategy, Security, and Leadership, Swedish Defence University

    • 2013 - 2016: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Ipek University

    • 2012 - 2013: Visiting Scholar. Department of Political Science, American University in Cairo

    • 2007 - 2008: Visiting Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, Yale University

    • 2003 - 2007: Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, Bilkent University

    • Education: PhD, Political Science, Bilkent University; MA, Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University; BA, Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University

    Current Research

    • Democratization

    • Civil-Military Relations

    • Political Islam

    • Identity Politics in the Middle East

    • Power and Resistance

    Countries and Regions

    • Turkey

    • Egypt


    Middle East Critique | 11/2022

    Guest Editors’ Introduction: Turkey’s Diaspora Governance Policies from the Past to the Present

    This special issue is the outcome of a one-day workshop, ‘Turkey’s Diaspora Governance Policies from the Past to the Present,’ held on May 21, 2021 and sponsored by the Centre for Peace, Trust and Social Relations at Coventry University, London Metropolitan University, and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

    Middle East Critique | 10/2022

    Collective Identity Change under Exogenous Shocks: The Gülen Movement and Its Diasporization

    This paper takes a comparative historical perspective to the post-2016 diasporization of the Gülen Movement (GM) and discusses how the GM responded differently to sudden exogenous shocks in 1997, 2007, and 2016.

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

    British Journal of Politics & International Relations | 08/2022

    Populism and the Politicisation of Foreign Policy

    To what extent and how do populist leaders politicise foreign policy? Sandra Destradi, Johannes Plagemann, and Hakkı Taş find interesting differences between the public discourses of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi

    Blog Article | 04/2022

    Doctors Fleeing Borders: Is Turkey becoming Europe’s Venezuela?

    The exodus of qualified Turkish health professionals is not an isolated occurrence, but rather reflects a full-scale brain drain, and a broader wave of long-term emigration.

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 1/2022

    Doom and Gloom: Leaving Erdoğan’s Turkey

    Although known as a host and transit country, Turkey today is in the midst of its fifth wave of emigration as a result of the country’s authoritarian and economic challenges. From asylum seekers to wealthy businesspeople, many seek to leave Erdoğan’s Turkey to make a fresh start elsewhere.

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 03/12/2021

    Türkei: Partnersuche in Nahost

    Die VAE und die Türkei einten zudem die militärischen Ernüchterungen der vergangenen Jahre. "Beide zeigten sich außenpolitisch äußerst selbstbewusst", sagt der Politwissenschaftler Hakki Tas vom Hamburger Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien (GIGA).

    WDR5 | Interview | 26/09/2021

    Neu aufgestellt – Die Gülen-Bewegung in Deutschland

    Seit dem versuchten Putsch in der Türkei 2016 scheint die Gülen-Bewegung dort zerschlagen. Ankaras Geheimdienste verfolgen die so genannten "FETÖ-Terroristen" weltweit und schrecken auch vor Entführungen nicht zurück. In Deutschland wächst die Bewegung.

    Speaker | 13/09/2022

    Same Path, Different Routes: Legitimation of Repression in Turkey and Egypt

    Two transnational Islamic movements, Turkey’s Gülen Movement and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, have faced massive crackdown at home, with its repercussions abroad. This paper focuses on how both Turkey and Egypt navigate a versatile strategy for the legitimation of repression depending on the target audience.

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

    Moderator, Panelist, Panelist, Discussant | 11/05/2022

    After Istanbul: Women’s Rights and Human Rights in Turkey

    When Turkey announced that it would withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, it led to protests against the country’s democratic backsliding. In this GIGA Talk, experts will discuss the reasons behind and effects of this decision.

    Speaker | 02/06/2021

    Populism and Dislocation in Turkish Foreign Policy

    Research Centre for International Relations, European Politics, and Political Theory Bremen: 02/06/2021

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

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