Emre Caliskan

Hadid Scholar, DPIR Hardship Fund Recipient

Research Topic:

Turkey as Middle Power, Weak State: The Influence of Turkish Islamist Movements in Turkey’s Sub-Saharan Africa Policy
International Relations Network
St Antony's College
DPhil International Relations

Emre Caliskan is a PhD candidate in International Relations at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His dissertation explores the role of Turkish Islamic non-state actors in Turkey’s foreign policy making in Sub-Saharan Africa. His other interests include transnational Islam, Middle East politics, and Islamist movements in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds an MA in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College. Emre is a co-author, with Simon A Waldman, of, The New Turkey and Its Discontents (Hurst and Co and Oxford University Press: 2017), which assesses social, religious and political polarisation under President Erdogan’s AKP and the likely consequences for Turkey’s evolution. Emre is also a political analyst and freelance consultant who previously worked for IHS Markit, now as part of S&P. As a former journalist, he worked for the BBC Turkish Service, Cumhuriyet, and the Turkish public broadcaster TRT, as a foreign correspondent based in Ankara, Damascus, Beijing and London. He is also a research fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre.


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Assesses social, religious and political polarisation under the AKP of Recep Erdogan and the likely consequences for Turkey’s evolution.
  • Factionalised and Unprofessional: Turkey’s Military Before the July 2016 Attempted Coup with Simon A. Waldman, Democracy and Security, March 2019.  
  • ‘Power, Patronage and Press Freedom: The Political Economy of Turkey’s Media’, in Public Service Broadcasting and Media Systems in Troubled European Democracies, Eva Polonska and Charlie Beckett (ed.) Palgrave Macmillian: Cham, 2019
  • ‘Turkish Islamic Debates: Diyanet, Hayrettin Karaman and Recep Senturk’ with Masooda Bano in Modern Islamic Authority and Social Change, Volume 1: Evolving Debates in Muslim Majority Countries, Masooda Bano (ed.), Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, March 2018. 
  • Turkey’s Consumer Protection in Turkey: Law, Informality and the Role of the Media, with Naomi Creutzfeldt, Petra Mahy, Jana Kazaz, and Yin Yin Lu, Workplace and Corporate Law Research Group, Working Paper No. 21, Monash Business School, October 2016.
  • Turkey-GCC Relations: Trends and Outlook with Suliman Al-Atiqi, Catherine Longman and Behar Sadriu, Special Report, Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Forum Publication, Oxford, December 2015.