Mete Hatay is an External Associate at PRIO.
By Mete Hatay in Le Monde Diplomatique (Special Edition on Turkey)
Mete Hatay is Senior Research Consultant at the PRIO Cyprus Centre. Hatay has been a political analyst and freelance writer since 1985, primarily researching and writing on the Cyprus conflict, Cypriot cultural history, immigration, Islam, and ethnic and religious minorities in Cyprus. Before joining the PRIO Cyprus Centre, he worked as co-director of a consultancy firm that provided media monitoring, social and commercial research, and public relations and communication strategy services for international organisations, including the EC Representation in Cyprus. He has taught at Near East University and Cyprus International University and served as a board member of the Turkish Cypriot Education Foundation. He is currently serving as a board member of the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation and a member of the editorial board of The Cyprus Review.
Between the years of 2003-2004, he worked as a project development officer at the PRIO Cyprus Office as part of the ‘Public Information Project’ on the Annan Plan, the last United Nations proposal to reunify the island. As part of this work, he was involved in the preparation and distribution of booklets that explained the plan to a general audience. He also aided in the construction of a website, held public seminars, facilitated discussions, and made presentations on local and international TV and radio stations.
From 2003 to 2005, he was also part of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation’s Cyprus monitoring team, which was responsible for informing the Turkish public about developments in the Cyprus conflict and their effect on Turkey’s European Union accession negotiations. In addition, he presented the results of the team’s research in policy fora in Europe and the U.S.
Since January 2005, he has led PRIO-Cyprus Centre’s project on demography in Cyprus. Much of his work has concentrated on immigrants and settlers in the north of the island. His monographs Beyond Numbers and Is the Turkish Cypriot Population Shrinking? were published as PRIO reports. He has also been engaged in a large-scale EU 7th framework project on conflict and cultural heritage, as well as in another EU-funded program on internal displacement in the island. He works on Sufi Islam in Cyprus and is the regular reporter on Islam in Cyprus for the Muslims in Europe Yearbook. He is currently working with co-author Rebecca Bryant on a book manuscript about the period of Turkish Cypriot enclavement between 1963-74 and the later transformation of enclaves into an unrecognized state. Besides his regular appearances and commentaries in local media sources, Hatay has also published academic articles in venues such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, American Ethnologist, Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, and Cyprus Review.
Apart from popular and academic writing, Hatay is also a composer who has produced two albums, as well as music for numerous documentary films.
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Varosha: Between Human Rights and Realpolitik
Last summer Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots opened up the ghost town of Varosha, a suburb of Famagusta, fenced off and uninhabited since the division of the island in 1974. In this podcast, Mete Hatay, Senior Research Consultant at the PRIO Cyprus Centre, provides interesting background information on the ghost town and discusses the political implications of the opening as well as ways forward.
A new film by Mete Hatay (PRIO Cyprus Centre) and Orhan Eskiköy (independent director). This documentary follows groups of artists in Cyprus as they negotiate space within a divided city and find spaces for interaction and cooperation.
For 29 years, Cypriots were unable to cross the ceasefire line that divides their island. While for many Cypriots this lack of mobility began in 1974, the capital of Nicosia has been divided even longer, since intercommunal conflict first exploded in 1956. With the opening of the first checkpoints in 2003, there were immediate hopes of reunification that were then dashed when Greek Cypriots defeated a peace plan at referendum in 2004. Nevertheless, Cypriots continued to cross the line, visiting former homes, developing friendships, engaging in trade, forming business and artistic partnerships, and simply getting to know each other. This interaction only increased with the 2007 opening of the checkpoint dividing Nicosia's Ledra Street, historically a center for trade in the city.
Today at the Ledra Palace in Nicosia, Mete Hatay had the honor to meet with President of the European Council, Charles Michel. The meeting was facilitated by Elizabeth Spehar, U.N. Special Representative and Head of UNFICYP, who invited a small, bicommunal group to discuss current issues regarding the Cyprus Problem.
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the occasion, the PCC organized on 6 June an event in the Nicosia Buffer
Zone. The evening started with a panel presentation and discussion,
held at the Home for Cooperation, followed by a cocktail reception at
the Ledra Palace Hotel.
The panel discussion focused on the history of
PRIO and the PCC, outlining on the challenges faced in the process of
peace promotion in Cyprus and presenting the tangible outcomes of peace
research throughout the past decade. Panelists also discussed the
principles, vision and logic of Norwegian support for conflict
resolution, as well as of the contribution of the EEA/Norway grants
funding mechanism. The panel brought together the current and former PCC
Directors Harry Tzimitras, Greg Reichberg, Arne Strand and Gina Lende,
the Director of PRIO Kristian Berg Harpviken, Amb. Ingrid Schulerud,
Head of the EEA/Norway grants and the UNFICYP Force Commander, Maj. Gen.
Kristin Lund. The event was well attended by members of the diplomatic
community and international organizations, political party and civil
society representatives from both sides of the island, academicsand many
friends of the PCC.
Please note the Centre has relocated to the old part of Nicosia (within the Venetian walls). All other contact details remain unchanged.
On 30 September, PCC launched a new website “Internal Displacement in Cyprus: Mapping the Consequences of Civil and Military Strife” (www.prio-cyprus-displacement.net) with funding from the EU, The website includes an interactive map with demographic details for over 400 towns and villages affected by displacement since 1958, personal accounts of displacement (based on interviews), a compilation of legal materials relating to displacement and property, and a documentary. The website will serve as a public platform for the presentation of PCC research on issues of displacement and property, in the years to come.
The demography of North Cyprus is one of the most contested issues related to the island's division. PRIO Report 2-2007 by Mete Hatay provides an overview of the ethno-demography of Cyprus in light of the preliminary results of the 2006 Turkish Cypriot census. The report is written at the PRIO Cyprus Centre.
State Secretary Vidar Helgesen of the Norwegian MFA attended the successful opening of the PRIO Cyprus Centre in Nicosia, Cyprus. The event attracted around 100 people, among these many politicians, journalists and researchers from both sides of the divided island. PRIO director Stein Tønnesson attended the opening.
At the opening of the PRIO Cyprus Centre in Nicosia, a new report on the 'settlers' from Turkey in Northern Cyprus is launched. The author is Mete Hatay, an employee at the PRIO Cyprus Centre.