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

    Turkish Studies | 06/2022

    Erdoğan and the Muslim Brotherhood: an Outside-in Approach to Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East

    Is Islamism the driving force of Turkish foreign policy? Hakkı Taş scrutinises AKP-Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) relations and argues that while the AKP’s ideological ties to Ikhwan made new resources available, Turkey’s grand strategy largely follows systemic incentives and constraints.

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

    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

    British Journal of Politics & International Relations | 02/2022

    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

    Identities - Global Studies in Culture and Power | 2022

    The Chronopolitics of National Populism

    The narrative toolbox of populist politics is forged through the mystification of time. The core populist narrative about good people reclaiming power from corrupt elites is rooted in evocative stories drawing on mythical pasts, crisis-driven presents, and utopian futures.

    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).

    Panelist | 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.

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

    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

    Speaker | 21/05/2021

    Collective Identity Change and Exogenous Shocks

    Workshop 21/05/2021

    Dr. Hakkı Taş

    Research Fellow

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