Talha Köse

Coordinator, Brussels
Talha Köse is the chair and an Associate Professor of the Political Science Department at Ibn Haldun University. Köse has a BA from Boğaziçi University; an MA from Sabancı University and a Ph.D. from School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution George Mason University. Köse’s research focuses on ethnic and religious conflicts and political violence in the Middle East; Conflict Resolution, and non-coercive approaches in Turkish Foreign Policy. Köse is a senior researcher at the SETA Foundation. Köse’s comments and op-eds appear frequently in Turkish and international media and he has a column at Daily Sabah. Dr. Köse’s academic publications appeared in notable Turkish and international academic outlets such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Party Politics, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, Insight Turkey, Perceptions, Uluslararası İlişkiler and Ru’ye Türkiyye.

  • The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its chairperson, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have completed their 18th year in government. It is an exceptionally long period for continuous rule by a single-party government in electoral political systems.
  • President-elect Biden's repetition of Obama's wrongdoings in foreign policy in the Middle East could further tarnish the U.S.' international image
  • A French high school teacher, Samuel Paty, was brutally murdered by a young, Russian-born Muslim of Chechen descent, Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov. This heinous terrorist attack caused outrage in French society. The murder of Paty was not the country's first such incident. France had also previously suffered Daesh violence and the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack. Many leaders, including those from Muslim countries, demonstrated solidarity with France in the aftermath of those acts but Muslim communities and institutions were still put under surveillance and heavy pressure.
  • The presidential elections in the United States are a significant concern for almost all international actors, including Turkey. What is happening in the globe's superpower and biggest economy affects practically every country in the world.
  • The ongoing military confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues to escalate despite the recent calls for a cease-fire.