Galip Dalay

Nonresident Senior Fellow


Galip Dalay is a nonresident senior fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. He was Mercator-ICP (Istanbul Policy Center) fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Centre, visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, and a political researcher at the SETA Foundation in Ankara.

Dalay also served as research director and senior associate at Al Sharq Forum, Richard von Weizsäcker fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, and visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Science (IWM) in Vienna. He has served on high-level task forces, including task forces organized by the Robert Bosch Academy and the Institute for Human Science.

Dalay’s research focuses on regionalism and regional order in the Middle East, regional security, Turkish politics, Turkish foreign policy, post-conflict stabilization and peace building, the making of the modern Middle East (global and historical processes), and the changing place of international powers (Russia, US, and Europe) in the Middle East.

Dalay has published a large number of commentaries, policy papers, academic articles, and chapters in edited volumes, most recently “Turkish-Russian Relations in Light of Recent Conflicts: Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh” (SWP Research Paper); “Turkey, Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean: Charting a way out of the current deadlock” (Brookings Doha Center Policy Briefing). His work has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Project Syndicate, Newsweek, Le Monde, Al Jazeera, Open Democracy, Middle East Eye, and The World Politics Review.

Research Areas

  • Regionalism and regional order in the Middle East
  • Regional security
  • Political transition
  • Post-conflict stabilization and peacebuilding

Countries of Focus

  • Turkey
  • Mashreq
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Russia
  • US/Europe


Other Areas of Interest

  • Global and historical processes and the making of modern Middle East
  • Governance and citizenship


  • Ph.D., History, Oxford University, In progress
  • M.S., European Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 2011
  • B.S., Business Administration, Istanbul University, 2009


Twenty years have passed since the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003, leaving the country and the wider region forever changed. In this Council Views, Middle East Council experts reflect on this seminal moment in the region’s modern history and what has ensued in the two decades since. 
Galip Dalay, Omar H. Rahman, Ranj Alaaldin, Faozi Al-Goidi, Adel Abdel Ghafar, Robert P. Beschel Jr., Tarik M. Yousef, Larbi Sadiki
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s handshake with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi on November 20 marked a turning point in a relationship broken for over a decade by deep differences over the Arab Spring protest movements.   The same day, Turkey carried out its latest air strikes against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, amid growing threats… Continue reading Turkey’s post-Arab Spring Middle East policy sharpens its focus 
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Speaking to reporters at a press conference on the sidelines of the European Political Community meeting in Prague on October 6, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan created diplomatic waves by stating that he could meet with Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad “when the time is right.” Erdogan’s comment was the first of its kind since the… Continue reading Turkey’s New Syria Narrative
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