Dr. Tankut Öztaş

Dr. Tankut Öztaş is a Researcher at TRT World's Research Centre. He holds a PhD and MA in International Political Economy from King’s College London. Previously, he worked as an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and Graduate Teaching Associate at King’s College London. His research focuses on politics of global security, geopolitical risks and transnational economic affairs. He specializes in regions of Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
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The IMF & Covid-19 in the MENA: An Assessment of Risks and Constraints

This paper discusses the IMF’s most recent foray into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.While no country in the Middle East and...

First round of Biden vs Trump: An inconclusive debate

The first round of the US 2020 presidential election debate did not offer a strong insight into the election manifesto of the candidatesThe first...

Egypt’s hopes of gas bonanza could sink in Eastern Med energy showdown

Zohr gas field places Egypt at the centre of the ongoing geopolitical rivalry in the Mediterranean.The maritime border demarcation agreement signed last month between...

The Political Economy of Energy in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Case of Egypt

The increasing military tension and the possibility of a geopolitical deadlock in the Eastern Mediterranean has increased the risks and challenges for Egypt’s already...

The Levant and North Africa: on the verge of economic malaise?

The COVID-19 outbreak has exacerbated these pre-existing vulnerabilities and risks in the widely-mismanaged economies of the MENA, where medical systems are under-resourced and much-needed...

Egypt’s Path to Authoritarian Liberalism: An Analysis of the Egyptian Political Economy

This paper highlights the key phases of its transformation and provides an analysis on how the military regimes in Egypt monopolised power across the...

Novel coronavirus: Stress test for Egypt’s fragile economy

The heavy burdens of a looming global recession and the increase in discontent among Egyptians regarding the measures taken against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Identity politics: Pandora’s box of Europe

The revival of the "us versus them" discourse can in due course severely damage the EU. That significantly matters for the global order, regional...

Libya and the Salafi pawns in the game

Many observers in Libya are wary of the Madkhali groups, which are primarily advancing and prioritizing Saudi Arabia’s political and security interests.A rogue warlord...

Turkey – Libya Relations: Economic and Strategic Imperatives

This report discusses the trajectory of Turkey-Libya relations and analyses the multilayered economic, political and security dynamics underpinning these relations over the past decades.This...

Who is the enemy? Redefining and readapting NATO

If the core message of the recent summit in London is to have a more engaging partnership by highlighting NATO's enduring core values, then...

No alternative to al-Sisi in Egypt’s ruling military?

Recent constitutional amendments have left a constitutional vacuum in the countryAbdel Fattah al-Sisi, who carried out the coup d’état in 2013 against Egypt’s first...

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