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Galip Dalay

Galip Dalay

Galip Dalay works as a research director at Al Sharq Forum, senior associate fellow at Al Jazeera Center for Studies, and non-resident fellow at Brookings Institution, Doha Centre. He previously worked as a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, guest scholar at Institute for Human Science (IWM) in Vienna, and as a political researcher at SETA Foundation in Ankara. He was book review editor of quarterly magazine Insight Turkey, 2013 - 2016. He is a regular contributor to German Marshall Fund’s On Turkey policy brief series since 2013.

Research Interests: Regionalism and Regional Order, Pan-Arab and Pan-Islamic Ideas of Regionalism and Internationalism, Turkish Politics, Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle East Politics with a particular focus on Syria and Iraq, History and Politics of Turkish - Western/European relations, The Question of Regional Order, Monarchies and Republics in the Arab World, Regional Kurdish politics, Political Islam, and Radical Movements.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Istanbul University, and MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He will be a visiting scholar at Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, October 2018 - June 2019.

Besides book and academic publications, his piece has appeared, of others, on Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, The World Post, Middle East Eye, World Politics Review, and Open Democracy. In addition, the media organisations that have either quoted him or interviewed with him includes The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Reuters, Al Jazeera, BBC, France 24, NZZ.

Key Publications

Book, Book Chapters, and Journals (Selected): 

  • Karşılaştırmalı Hakim Parti Deneyimleri (Comparative Experiences of Dominant Party Politics) (Book, with Hatem Ete and Mustafa Altunoğlu).
  • The Kurdish Fight Against ISIS: Realising the Virtual Kurdistan Through Factionalised Politics in a Fragmented Homeland,” in Non-State Actors in the Middle East: Geopolitics, Ideology, and Strategy, Palgrave, 2017 (Book chapter).
  • The AK Party and the Evolution of Turkish Political Islam’s Foreign Policy (co-authored with Dov Friedman).
  • “Turkey under the AK Party Rule: From Dominant Party Politics to Dominant Party System?”, (with Hatem Ete and Mustafa Altunoğlu,  Insight Turkey).

Policy Briefs and Reports (Selected)

  • “The Middle East's New Battle Lines: Turkey's Policy Towards Iran's regional role." European Council on Foreign Relation, May 2018; "Breaking the Turkey–U.S. deadlock in Syria.”  Brookings Institution, April 2018.
  • “Turkey - EU relation: Dysfunctional framework, status anxiety.” The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), February 2018.
  • “A difference of opinion? Fissures in US - Turkish relations after Syria.” Brookings Institution, January 2018.
  • “Turkey and the Iraqi Kurds’ Bid for Statehood.” The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), October 2017.
  • "Turkey After the Referendum.” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), May 2017.
  • “Turkey’s Unpalatable Choices in Syria.” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), March 2017.
  • “The Limits of Turkey’s Post-Coup Attempt Consensus and Emerging New Political Realignment.” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), November 2016.
  • “What Does Davutoglu’s Departure Mean for the AK Party and Turkey at Large?”  The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), June 2016.
  • “Emerging Threats and New Trends in Turkish Foreign Policy.” Center for American Progress, June 2016.
  • “Kurdish politics amid the fight against the ISIS: Can a common cause surmount old rivalries?” Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, February 2016.
  • “Forming Turkey’s Next Government: What are the Implications for Polarisation and Policies?” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), June 2015.
  • “Turkey’s 7 June 2015 General Election: Significance versus Narrative.” Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, June 2015.
  • “Regional Kurdish Politics in the Post - ISIS Period.” Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, February 2015.
  • “Center Right, Conservatism, Islamism, and Turkey’s European Vocation.” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), November 2014.
  • “Transformation of Turkey’s Conservatism Under the AK Party.” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), July 2014.
  • “Turkey’s Political Islam and the West.” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), June 2014.
  • “The Kurdish Peace Process: Ideology, Interest, and the Regional Dynamics.” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF),  April 2014.
  • “The Structural Roots of Turkey’s Power Struggle.” The German Marshall of the United States (GMF), February 2014. 

Articles & Opinions (Selected):

  •  “After the Kurdish Independence Referendum,” Foreign Affairs, 02 October 2017; “Is there really a Turkey - Iran rapprochement?”  Al Jazeera, 13 September 2017
  • “ Why Iranian Kurdish Groups Remain Politically Weak,” Foreign Affairs, 01 September 2017.
  • “Erdogan’s Fragile Referendum Coalition.” Foreign Affairs 9 May 2017.
  • “No Peace in Sight in Syria.” Al Jazeera 23 December 2016.
  • “Turkey’s Post-Arab Spring Foreign Policy.” Foreign Affairs 24 November 2016;.
  • “Regional Implications of Iraqi KRG’s presidency row.” Middle East Eye, 20 November 2015.
  • “Turkey’s AK Party needs to adopt a new narrative.” Middle East Eye, 14 September 2015.
  • “Turkey’s Approach to Syria’s Kurds Ignores Potential Gains.” World Politics Review 15 Aug. 2012.