Having completed his BA and MA in Sociology at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Hatem Ete spent one year (2007-2008) at Columbia University on a scholarship to pursue further research in his field of area. He received his PhD. Degree on sociology upon completion of his doctoral thesis titled Democracy and Tutelary Regime in Turkey: The Political and Sociological Roots of Tutelage in Single-Party Era from METU. He has widely published on these issues in various journals and newspapers. He has been working as the coordinator of political research at SETA Foundation.
The opposition leadership, however, continued to rely on the political engineering skills of their allies and sought to exploit the anti-Erdoğan sentiments of their base instead of setting out a concrete roadmap for the future.