Hamdullah Baycar



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Hamdullah Baycar is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on the identity politics of the Gulf. Orientalism, Colonialism, and Post-Colonialism are among the focus topics in his PhD.

Before joining Exeter, he was a graduate student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University (2017). He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Abant Izzet Baysal University (2013).


The Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) has named Hamdullah Baycar to its 40 under 40 cohort for 2023. This award celebrates the depth of cultural, economic, and political ties between the United States and Middle Eastern countries, with honorees coming from a variety of professional areas, including academics, business, culture, and diplomacy. 



2023           Promoting Multiculturalism and Tolerance: Expanding the Meaning of “Unity through Diversity” in the UAE
Digest of Middle East Studies, Vol 32 (1), pp. 40-59.

2022             Emirati Nationalism in Global Age: Purifying the Society and Creation of Emirati Identity
Janus.net e-journal of International Relations, Vol. 13 (2), pp. 141-169 

2022             The United Arab Emiratesʼ Religious Soft Power through Ulema and Organizations 
Religions, (September 2022) (Special Issue "Religious Soft Power: Definition(s), Limits and Usage") (With Mehmet Rakipoglu)

2022                Anatomy of Turkish-Saudi Relations: The Spiral of Competition and Cooperation (In Arabic) [تشريح العلاقات التركية- السعودية: دوامة التنافس والتعاون] 
Rouya Turkiyyah, Year 11. Issue 3, pp. 115-128 (With Mehmet Rakipoglu)

2022                17th Century Ottoman Women in Evliya Celebi’s Seyahatname
Bilimname, (2022), 47, pp. 773-797

2021                British Pragmatic Arab Spring Politics: An Analyses of Bahrain Case (In Turkish) [İngiltere’nin Pragmatik Arap Baharı Politikası: Bahreyn Vaka Analizi] 
Tezkire, Volume 75-76, Year 30, pp. 109-123 (with Emrah Atar)

2021                An Analysis of the Impacts of the First Palestinian Uprising (Intifada) on the Israeli Economy
Imgelem, (2021) 5 (9), pp. 565 – 578 (with Emrah Atar)



2022              Civil War and Pandemic: Syrian’s Response to the Covid-19
Syrian Studies Association Bulletin, (2022), 26(1), pp. 33-43

2022               Global-Local: Being an Emirati in a Globalized World
The GSC Newsletter (Meridian), (2022), 3, pp. 12-14



Forthcoming      The Muslim Brotherhood’s Movement in Saudi Arabia (in Turkish)  “Suudi Arabistan'da İhvan Hareketi”  in The Muslim Brotherhood as a Transboundary Social and Political Movement (Sınıraşan bir Toplumsal ve Siyasal Hareket Olarak Müslüman Kardeşler) editors: Dr. Abdülgani Bozkurt and Mehmet Rakipoğlu

2022      International Relations and Covid-19: Realism and Covid-19 Pandemic (In Turkish) (Uluslararası İlişkiler ve Kovid-19: Realizm ve Küresel Salgın (Kovid-19)) in “Pandemi Döneminde Siyaset Bilimi: Politikalar, Uygulamalar ve Tartışmalar” (Political Science during pandemic: Policies, Applications, and Debates) editors: Dr. Emrah Atar and Prof. Önder Kutlu  (with Emrah Atar) ISBN: 978-605-196-884-1 ​ https://www.cizgikitabevi.com/kitap/1524-pandemi-ve-siyaset-bilimi-politikalar-uygulamalar-ve-tartismalar

2022                UK’s Post Brexit Strategy “Global Britain:” A Quest of being Great Power in Great Power Politics in Greater Eurasia: Conflicts, Institutional/Regional Alliances, and Projects, edited by Rahman Dag and Ozgur Tufekci, Lexington Books (with Emrah Atar) ISBN: 978-1-66691-411-5

2021                “From Bandwagoning to Interventionism the United Arab Emirates’ National Security Strategy” (Eklemlemeden Müdahaleciliğe Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri (BAE)’nin Everilen Ulusal Savunma Stratejileri) in Security, Terrorism, Migration and Diaspora in Global Age (Küresel Çağda Güvenlik, Terörizm, Göç ve Diaspora) edited by Cihad Islam Yilmaz, Ekin Yayinlari (with Huzeyfe Altiok) ISBN 978-6-25802-443-2



State Recognition in International Law: The Cases of Palestine and ISIS by Ensar Mutlu
Ortadoğu Etütleri, Vol. 14(2), 2022 (In Turkish)

Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn’t by Toby Matthiesen
Sharq Forum, 04 March 2021

AngloArabia – Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain by David Wearing
Inside Arabia, 16 February 2020 https://insidearabia.com/book-review-angloarabia-why-gulf-wealth-matters-to-britain-by-david-wearing/

This Brave New World: India, China, and the United States by Anja Manual.
Civitas Hominibus: The Philosophical and Social Yearbook, Vol.1(11) 2016: p. 163-169. https://ch.ahe.lodz.pl/content/112016-0



Britain's retreat from the Arab world: Farewell to BBC Arabic Radio
The New Arab, 7 February 2023

The Politics of the Emirati Long Weekend: Between Modernity and Islam
Political Reflection, 16 January 2023 Vol.9 No. 1 Issue 34. 

Saudi-Turkish Normalization: More Complicated than Meets the Eye
Gulf International Forum (Gulfif), 24 June 2022

Regional Implications of a Turkey-UAE Reconciliation
Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, 31 May 2022

Israel, the Gulf and Turkey: Why is everyone making up in the Middle East? (with Selcuk Aydin)
Middle East Eye, 23 February 2022

The UAE Formally Ceases to be a Tax-Free Haven (with Sana Quadri)
The Washington Institute (Fikra Forum), 14 February 2022

The UAE’s Israel-Iran Balancing Act 
Gulf International Forum (Gulfif), 10 January 2022 

Macron’s Gulf Gamble Pays Off (With Sana Quadri) 
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), 21 December 2021

Rapprochement Spree: Abu Dhabi Recalibrates Relations with Ankara
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Sada), 16 December 2021 https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/86025

Saudi Arabia’s Foray into the World of English Football
Amwaj Media, 1 December 2021 https://amwaj.media/article/dreams-of-diversification-saudi-arabia-forays-into-the-world-of-premier-league

UAE-UK Relations: Investments, Risks, and Expectations (In Turkish) [BAE-İngiltere İlişkileri: Yatırımlar, Riskler, Beklentiler] 
ORSAM, 22 November 2021 https://orsam.org.tr/tr/bae-ingiltere-iliskileri-yatirimlar-riskler-beklentiler/

Why Gulf Countries Invest in European Football? (In Turkish) [Körfez ülkeleri Avrupa futboluna neden ciddi yatırım yapıyor?]
Fikir Turu, 15 November 2021 https://fikirturu.com/spor/korfez-ulkeleri-avrupa-futboluna-neden-ciddi-yatirim-yapiyor/

Turkey-UAE Normalisation: for what cost and how durable is it? (In Turkish) [Türkiye-BAE normalleşmesi: Ne uğruna ve ne kadar kalıcı?]
Fikir Turu, 22 September 2021 https://fikirturu.com/jeo-strateji/turkiye-bae-normallesmesi-ne-ugruna-ve-ne-kadar-kalici/

Iraq as a Theatre for the Gulf’s Geostrategic Ambitions (with Mehmet Alaca)
LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 29 June 2021, https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2021/06/29/iraq-as-a-theatre-for-the-gulfs-geostrategic-ambitions/

Al-Jazeera’s Motivations for launching Conservative Platform “Rightly” in the US (In Turkish) [El-Cezire’nin ABD’deki Muhafazakâr “Rightly” Girişimindeki Hedefi]
Journal of Ortadogu Analiz (ORSAM), Issue 101 Vol. 12, May 2021, pp. 62-66 https://orsam.org.tr//d_hbanaliz/16_HAMDULLAHBAYCAR_101.pdf

Can Qatar be a regional mediator? (In Turkish) [Katar bölgesel arabulucu olabilir mi?]  
Yeni Safak, 26 March 2021 https://www.yenisafak.com/dunya/katar-bolgesel-arabulucu-olabilir-mi-3615436

Gulf Normalisation on the Expense of Palestinians (In Turkish) [Körfez'deki normalleşme adımlarının bedelini Filistinliler ödüyor]
Anadolu Agency, 17 March 2021 https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/analiz/korfezdeki-normallesme-adimlarinin-bedelini-filistinliler-oduyor/2178740

‘Rightly’ as a New Soft Power Tool: The Motivation behind Al Jazeera’s American Right-Wing Platform
Informed Comment, 8 March 2021 https://www.juancole.com/2021/03/motivation-jazeeras-american.html

The Emirates Mars Mission Kills Many Birds with One Stone
LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 8 March 2021 https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2021/03/08/the-emirates-mars-mission-kills-many-birds-with-one-stone/

Dubai EXPO: A New Failure? (In Turkish) [Dubai EXPO: Yeni hezimet mi?]
Star (Acik Gorus), 5 March 2021 https://www.star.com.tr/acik-gorus/dubai-expo-yeni-hezimet-mi-haber-1614235/

Is Normalisation Possible between Turkey and UAE (In Turkish) [Türkiye-BAE: Normalleşme mümkün mü?]
Yeni Safak, 17 February 2021 https://www.yenisafak.com/dunya/turkiye-bae-normallesme-mumkun-mu-3599570

The anatomy of Turkey-UAE relations (In Turkish) [Türkiye-BAE ilişkisinin anatomisi]
Star (Acık Görüş), 05 February 2021 https://www.star.com.tr/acik-gorus/turkiyebae-iliskisinin-anatomisi-haber-1607564/

GCC not dead after all: End of the Qatari crisis
Daily Sabah, 15 January 2021 https://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/op-ed/gcc-not-dead-after-all-end-of-the-qatari-crisis

Will COVID-19 Decrease the Number of Indian and Pakistani Expats in the UAE?           
LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 4 June 2020 https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2020/06/04/will-covid-19-decrease-the-number-of-indian-and-pakistani-expats-in-the-uae

COVID-19 Diplomacy in the Gulf: Iran and its Arab Neighbours    
Pink Jinn, 29 April 2020 https://www.pinkjinn.com/2020/04/29/covid-19-diplomacy-in-the-gulf-iran-and-its-arab-neighbours/

Coronavirus and its Impact in the Gulf,
E-International Relations, 28 February 2020  

Challenges for Oman’s New Sultan   
E-International Relations, 24 January 2020   

Waking Up Post Brexit: To a Colonizer Dream or a Colonized Reality?      
Oxford University Politics Blog, 3 September 2019 



Trump Gone: What does it mean for the GCC (With Huzeyfe Altiok)
Qatar University Gulf Studies Center: Gulf Insight Series, December 2020

The Sudden Cost of Unexpected Threats: The Novel Coronavirus and Dubai
Qatar University Gulf Studies Center: Gulf Insight Series, March 2020 http://www.qu.edu.qa/static_file/qu/research/Gulf%20Studies/documents/Gulf%20Insights%2018.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3xbRFvY03PVgPkW4dfniqlY9445PGQeoTI3mIBnGRJs08-KNlSuBk1_H8



20-24 Sept. 2022
Divided Emirates: How the Covid-19 Deepen the Division in the UAE
Insaniyyat: International Forum for Humanities and Social Sciences Tunis, Tunisia

14-16 July 2022          
A Comparative Analyses of Gulf Investment in Sports: Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia
In: The Dimensions of Saudi Arabia’s Soft Power
Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge, UK        

3-5 Dec 2021             
Coffees and Coffee Pots and the Construction of Emirati Identity 
International Anatolian Congress on Coffee & Cocoa
Discover Anatolia, Yesilyurt Municipality, Yesilyurt, Malatya 

7-10 Nov 2021            
The GCC from the Hegemony of One to the Balance of Power to All
The 6th Annual International Conference of the Gulf Studies Center
Qatar University, Doha, Qatar (with Huzeyfe Altiok)

30 Sept 2021               
Savunmasız ama Dayanıklı: Körfez Ülkelerinin Kovid- 19'a Yanıtı (Vulnerable but Powerful: The Gulf Response’s to Covid-19) Sosyal Bilimlerde Covid-19 Çalışmaları Kongresi
Fenerbahce University, Istanbul, Turkey (with Huzeyfe Altiok)

22-24 Sept 2021          
US Withdrawal from Afghanistan: The Rise of Small Gulf States in International Area 
IEPAS 2021: 8th Annual Conference on Eurasian Politics and Society
IEPAS, Lisbon, Portugal (with Huzeyfe Altiok)

9-11 June 2021           
What do International Relations Theories Tell about the Covid-19?                        
2nd International Congress on Economics and Administrative Sciences
Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Kyrgyzstan (with Emrah Atar)

4-6 April 2021             
Public Health during Covid-19 in Syria: Decennial of Arab Spring

Governance of Public Policies During and After Conflicts in the Middle East, Doha Institute of Graduate Studies, Qatar

Creating a Nation through Heritage: Emiratization of the Coffee Pot (Dallah) 
Qatar University Annual Research Forum & Exhibition QUARFE 2020 https://qspace.qu.edu.qa/handle/10576/16671



2021- Cont.     Index Editor
Journal of Interdisciplinary Food Studies                       

2022                Reviewer (Two publications)
African and Asian Studies

2022                Reviewer
ASR Chiang Mai University Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities                       

2022                Reviewer
The Journal of Middle East Studies (Ortadoğu Etütleri Dergisi)

2020- 2022     Global South Commissioning Editor
E-International Relations