Fatih Şemsettin Işık

Fatih Şemsettin Işık is a deputy researcher at the TRT World Research Centre and a graduate student at the Department of International Relations in Central European University (CEU). Before that, he worked as a research assistant and social media coordinator at Al Sharq Forum. After completing his undergraduate studies at the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University in 2015, he finished his MA studies at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Istanbul Şehir University in 2019. As a journalist, he contributed to the Daily Sabah newspaper between 2014 and 2016. His research interests include Israeli politics, EU-Middle East Relations, Turkish Politics and the role of diasporas in foreign affairs.
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Who are Iran’s presidential election candidates?

On June 18, Iran is scheduled to hold presidential elections following Hassan Rouhani’s eight year tenure. With the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna and...

The 2021 Iran Presidential Elections: Prospects and Expectations

This info-pack explores the contours of the political dynamics in Iran ahead of the June 18 presidential elections.On June 18, Iran is scheduled to...

The Fourth Israeli War against Gaza in Brief

Unlike previous occasions, Israel’s most recent war against Gaza began on the tail-end of confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.This...

Israel’s Rotating Political Door: Can Netanyahu Overcome the Deadlock?

This policy outlook will discuss the outcome of the most recent election and how it revealed several significant realities in Israeli politicsOn March 23rd...

The Human Rights Action Plan: Towards a New Era in Turkey’s History

This policy outlook explores Turkey’s extensive legal reform initiative and argues that it ushers a new era of human rights in the country amidst...

Israeli Parliamentary Elections: A Splintering of the Arab Consensus?

This info pack presents the latest situation concerning Arab political parties in Israel ahead of the March 23 elections.Despite an electoral stalemate in Israel...

Iranian Foreign Policy After Trump: Challenges and Opportunities

This discussion paper focuses on the potential shape of Iran’s foreign policy in the post-Trump era. With Biden inaugurated, expectations for a new round...

A Saudi-Qatari Rapprochment? Changing Realities, Shifting Priorities

This policy outlook explores recent developments in the Saudi-UAE-led blockade on Qatar. It argues that there remain deep divisions on key issues within the...

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