Mete Hatay

Senior Research Consultant

Mete Hatay
Work phone: (+357) 22 456555/4
Twitter: @metehatay
Mete Hatay is an External Associate at PRIO.


​​​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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Recent Publications

Hatay, Mete (ed.) (2023) Kıbrıs: Bitmeyen Yaz [Cyprus Conflict: Never Ending Summer]. Istanbul: Kalkedon.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Hatay, Mete & Rebecca Bryant (2021) Performing peace: Vernacular reconciliation and the diplomacy of return in Cyprus, Journal of Refugee Studies. DOI: 10.1093/jrs/feab003/6252979.
Bryant, Rebecca & Mete Hatay (2019) From Salvation to Struggle: On Commemoration, Affect, and Agency in Cyprus, History and Memory 31(1): 25–58.
Hatay, Mete (2015) ‘Reluctant’ Muslims? Turkish Cypriots, Islam, and Sufism, Cyprus Review 27(2): 43–63.
Constantinou, Costas M.; Olga Demetriou & Mete Hatay (2012) Conflicts and Uses of Cultural Heritage in Cyprus, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 14(2): 177–198.
Bryant, Rebecca & Mete Hatay (2011) Guns and Guitars: Simulating Sovereignty in a State of Siege, American Ethnologist 38(4): 631–649.
Hatay, Mete & Costas M. Constantinou (2010) Cyprus, Ethnic Conflict and Conflicted Heritage, Ethnic and Racial Studies 33(9): 1600–1619.
Hatay, Mete & Altay Nevzat (2009) Politics, Society and the Decline of Islam in Cyprus: From the Ottoman Era to the Twenty-First Century, Middle Eastern Studies 45(6): 911–933.
Hatay, Mete & Rebecca Bryant (2008) The Jasmine Scent of Nicosia: Of Returns, Revolutions, and the Longing for Forbidden Pasts, Journal of Modern Greek Studies 26(2): 423–449.
Hatay, Mete (2006) The Levantine Legacy of Cypriot Culinary Culture, Cyprus Review 18(2): 129–142.


Bryant, Rebecca & Mete Hatay (2021) Askıdaki Egemenlik: Kuzey Kıbrıs'ta De Facto Devletin İnşası [(Suspended Sovereignity)]. İstanbul: İletişim. Research and Analysis.
Bryant, Rebecca & Mete Hatay (2020) Sovereignty Suspended: Building the So-Called State. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. The Ethnography of Political Violence.
Hatay, Mete (2020) Eşikteki Meseleler [The Problems at the Threshold]. Nicosia: Söylem Yayınları. 5.

Book Chapter

Dayıoğlu, Ali & Mete Hatay (2022) Cyprus, in Jørgen S. Nielsen, ed., Yearbook of Muslims in Europe. Netherland: Brill (78–96).
Hatay, Mete & Ali Dayıoğlu (2021) Cyprus, in Stephanie Müssig, EZIRE, et al., ed., Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Volume 13. Netherlands: Brill (270–301).
Hatay, Mete & Ali Dayıoğlu (2020) Cyprus, in Egdūnas Račius, ed., Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Vol. 12. Netherlands: Brill (250–271).
Hatay, Mete & Rebecca Bryant (2019) From Salvation to Struggle: Commemoration, Affect, and Agency in Cyprus, in Stig Sørensen, Marie Louise; Dacia Viejo Rose; & Paola Filippucci, eds, Memorials in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict: from History to Heritage. London: Palgrave (61–93).
Hatay, Mete & Ali Dayioglu (2019) Cyprus, in Scharbrodt, Oliver; Samim Akgönül; Ahmet Alibašić; Jørgen S. Nielsen; & Egdunas Racius, eds, Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 11. Copenhagen: Brill (169–187).
Dayioglu, Ali & Mete Hatay (2017) Cyprus, in Oliver Scharbrodt, ed., Yearbook of Muslims In Europe: Volume 9. Leiden: Brill (178–195).
Dayioglu, Ali & Mete Hatay (2016) Cyprus, in Scharbrodt, Oliver; Ahmet Alibasic; Jorgen Nielsen; & Egdunas Racius, eds, Yearbook of Muslims In Europe. Leiden: Brill (174–194).
Papadakis, Yiannis & Mete Hatay (2015) The Cultures of Partition and the Partition of Cultures, in Demetriou, Nicoletta; & Jim Samson, eds, Music in Cyprus. Farnham: Ashgate (19–36).
Hatay, Mete & Ali Dayioglu (2015) Cyprus, in Scharbrodt, Oliver; Ahmet Alibasic; Jorgen Nielsen; & Egdunas Racius, eds, Yearbook of Muslims in Europe: Volume 7. Netherlands: Brill (157–173).
Hatay, Mete (2014) Three Ways of Sharing the Sacred: Choreographies of Coexistence in Cyprus, in Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution (Ed. Elazar Barkan and Karen Barkey). New York: Columbia University Press (69–96).
Hatay, Mete & Ali Dayioglu (2014) Cyprus, in Nielsen, Jørgen S.; Ahmet Alibašić; & Egdūnas Račius, eds, Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol. 6. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers (153–175).
Hatay, Mete & Ali Dayioglu (2013) Cyprus, in Jørgen S. Nielsen, ed., Yearbook of Muslims In Europe. Volume 5. Boston, MA: Brill Academic Publishers (173–195).
Hatay, Mete & Ali Dayioglu (2012) Cyprus, in Nielsen, Jørgen S.; & Samim Akgönül, eds, Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 4. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
Hatay, Mete & Yiannis Papadakis (2012) A Critical Comparison of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Official Historiographies (1940s to the present), in Cyprus and the Politics of Memory: History, Community, and Conflict. I.B. Tauris.
Hatay, Mete & Ali Dayioglu (2011) Cyprus, in Jørgen S. Nielsen, ed., Yearbook of Muslims in Europe - Volume 3. Leiden: BRILL.
Hatay, Mete (2011) Turkish Cypriots and the 'Cypriot Solution', in Tiryaki, Sylvia; & Mensur Akgun, eds, The Heybeliada Talks: Two Years of Public Diplomacy on Cyprus. Istanbul Kultur University (49–52).
Dayioglu, Ali ; & Hatay, Mete (2010) CyprusYearbook of Muslims In Europe - Volume 2. BRILL(125–140 ).
Hatay, Mete; & Dayioglu, Ali (2009) CyprusYearbook of Muslims In Europe. BRILL(75–88).
Hatay, Mete (2009) Servants, Slaves and Concubines in Ottoman Cyprus (1571-1878), in Michael, Michalis N.; Matthias Kappler; & Eftihios Gavriel, eds, Ottoman Cyprus: a Collection of Studies on History and Culture. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag (161–180).

Edited Volume

Hatay, Mete (ed.) (2023) Kıbrıs: Bitmeyen Yaz [Cyprus Conflict: Never Ending Summer]. Istanbul: Kalkedon.
Hatay, Mete (ed.) (2021) Kıbrıs'ın En Uzun Yüzyılı [The Longest Century of Cyprus]. Istanbul: Kalkedon.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Hatay, Mete (2008) Has the Season Come?, International Affairs Forum's Middle East Report: 57–59.

Popular Article

Hatay, Mete (2022) Külliye'ye Niye Karşıyım? [Why do I oppose the Kulliye?], Havadis Newspaper, 12 August.
Hatay, Mete (2021) Insel Unter Einfluss, Wie Ankara versucht, die Geschichte Nordzyperns umzuschreiben [Island Under Influence], Le Monde Diplomatique (Special Edition on Turkey), 2 May.
Hatay, Mete (2019) Ganimetin Sofistikesi [Sophisticated Loot], Havadis Newspaper, 7 March.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Anastasiadis Ne Yapmalı? [What Should Anastasiadis Do?], Havadis Newspaper, 9 March, 9 March.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Sanırım bu Konuda Akıncı Haklı [I Belive Akıncı is Right on This Issue], Havadis Newspaper, 7 March, 7 March.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Hiç Bu Kadar Kıbrıslı Olmadıydık! [We Have Never Been This Cypriot!], Havadis Newspaper, 28 February, 28 February.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Bütünlüklü Çözüm Fetişizmi [Fetishism of the Comprehensive Settlement], Havadis Newspaper 21 February, 21 February.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Ya hep Ya hiç mi? Adım Adım mı? [All or Nothing? Step by Step?], Havadis Newspaper 17 February, 17 February.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Plebisit ve Kıbrıslı Türkler [Plebiscite and Turkish Cypriots], Poli Dergisi, 15 February, 15 February.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Yeniden Kıbrıslı Çözüme Dönmemeiz Gerekir [We Should Again Return to Cypriot Solution], Havadis Newspaper, 31 January, 31 January.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Kıbrıs Müzakereleri ve Haritalar [Cyprus Negotiations and the Maps], Poli Dergisi, 23 January, 23 January.
Hatay, Mete (2017) İşimiz Oldu "Filler ve Çimen" [We ended up with "Elephans and Grass"], Havadis Newspaper, 15 January.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Gıdım Gıdım Çözüm [Step by Step Solution], Havadis Newspaper, 10 January.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Sıçan Kral ve Londra Antlaşmaları [Rat King and London Treaty], Poli Dergisi, 9 January, 9 January.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Nostaljik bir Referandum Hikayesi [Story of a Nostalgic Referandum], Havadis Newspaper, 6 December, 6 December.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Kıbrıslı Rumlar ve Ruhani Dönüşler [Greek Cypriots and Spiritual Returns], Poli Dergisi, 28 November, 28 November.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Marazi Düşünceler ve "Statü" Kavgası [Melancolic Thoughts and Struggle for "Status"], Havadis Newspaper, 24 November, 24 November.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Zirve Çöktü [The Summit Has Collapsed], Havadis Newspaper, 22 November, 22 November.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Niye Çözüm İstiyoruz? [Why do we want the Solution?], Havadis Newspaper, 15 November, 15 November.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Referandumlar, Popülizm ve Güçlü Liderler [Referandums, Populism and Powerful Leaders], Poli Dergisi, 14 November, 14 November.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Kaygan Ölçek ve Toprak Tartışmaları [Sliding Scale and Land Disputes], Havadis Newspaper, 1 November, 1 November.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Rakamlar Savaşına Son [The End of the War of Numbers], Havadis Newspaper 20 October, 20 October.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Türkiye’de Amerika İmajı -1 [America's Image in Turkey], Poli Dergisi, 14 August, 14 August.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Kıbrıs, Saz ve İdeoloji [Cyprus, Saz and Ideology], Poli Dergisi 15 May., 15 June.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Türk'ten Türk'e Kampanyası [Turk to Turk Campaign ], Poli Dergisi, 29 May, 29 May.
Hatay, Mete (2015) "Samson Kompleksi" ve İntihar Saldırıları [The "Samson Complex" and Suicide Attacks], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 18.10.2015, 18 October.
Hatay, Mete (2015) 1912 Limasol Olayları ve "Kollektif Histeri" [1912 Limmasol Events and "Collective Hysteria"], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 30.09.2015, 30 September.
Hatay, Mete (2015) Osmanlı ve İngiliz Döneminde Toplumsal Cinsiyet [The Gender Politics During Ottoman and British period], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 27.09.2015, 27 September.
Hatay, Mete (2015) Kıbrıs’ta Kolonyal Fuhuş ve Hijyen Politikaları [Colonial Politics of Prostitution and Hygine], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 06.09.2015, 6 September.
Hatay, Mete (2015) Hem Modern Hem de "Hanım Hanımcık" [Both Modern and "Proper Little Lady"], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 04.09.2015, 4 September.
Hatay, Mete (2015) Kıbrıs ve "Siyonist Projeler" [Cyprus and "Zionist Projects"], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 12.7.2015, 12 July.
Hatay, Mete (2015) Nazi Almanyası Yahudiler ve Kıbrıs [Nazi Germany Jews and Cyprus], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 5.7.2015, 5 July.
Hatay, Mete (2015) 35. Paralel ve Göç Hareketleri [35th Paralel and Forced Migration], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 21.6.2015, 21 June.
Hatay, Mete (2015) Cumhuriyet'i Kimse Sevmemişti [No One Wanted the Republic], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 7.6.2015, 7 June.
Hatay, Mete (2015) "Sıçan Kral" ve Londra Antlaşmaları ["The King Rat" and the London Agreements], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 31.6.2015, 31 May.
Hatay, Mete (2015) TMT: "Evet biz öldürdük" [TMT: "Yes We Killed them"], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 24.5.2015, 24 May.
Hatay, Mete (2015) TMT'nin Kara Listesi [The Black List of TMT Underground Organization], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 17.5.2015, 17 May.
Hatay, Mete (2015) Celal Hordan Dosyası [The Celal Hordan File], Poli, Havadis Newspaper, 05/04/2015., 5 April.
Hatay, Mete (2015) 'Asrın Projesi'nin 60 Yıllık Tarihi [The History of the "Project of the Century"], Poli, Havadis Newspaper,22/03/2015., 22 March.
Hatay, Mete (2006) Turkish Cypriots Ambivalent Encounter with Islam and Nationalism [in Greek], Peripeties Ideon Journal, 20 September.

PRIO Report

Hatay, Mete; & Zenonas Tziarras, eds, (2019) Kinship and Diasporas in Turkish Foreign Policy: Examples from Europe, the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 10. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Hatay, Mete (2017) Population and Politics in North Cyprus: An Overview of the Ethno-Demography of North Cyprus in the Light of the 2011 Census, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 2. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
Hatay, Mete; & Giorgos Charalambous (2015) The post-Annan Generation: Student Attitudes towards the Cyprus Problem, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 3. Cyprus: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Bryant, Rebecca; & Mete Hatay (2015) Turkish Perceptions of Cyprus: 1948 to the Present, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Cyprus : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Bryant, Rebecca; & Mete Hatay (2013) Soft Politics and Hard Choices: An Assessment of Turkey’s New Regional Diplomacy, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 2. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Mete Hatay; & Christalla Yakinthou (2012) An Overview of Events and Perceptions, Displacement in Cyprus - Consequences of Civil and Military Strife, 5. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Hatay, Mete (2005) Beyond Numbers: An Inquiry into the Political Integration of the Turkish 'Settlers' in Northern Cyprus, PRIO Report, 4. Oslo/Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

Conference Paper

Hatay, Mete (2017) Securitization, Fear and Hate Speech, presented at Nationalism, Racisim and Hate Crimes organized by KISA, at Home for Cooperation, Nicosia Cyprus, 21 March.
Hatay, Mete (2017) From Carnaval to Witch Hunt: Social Media Landscape in north Cyprus, presented at Challenges to Press Freedom: The Global Landscape and the Case of Cyprus organized by PCC, Nordic Embassies, European Parliament Information office in Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 6 February 2017.
Hatay, Mete (2016) "Human Diplomacy and Maronites in Cyprus", presented at Diplomacy Conference organized by Near East University's Political Science Department , Near East University, Nicosia Cyprus, 14 December 2016.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Reclaiming the sacred:Cultural Heritage and Diplomacy of Return in Cyprus, presented at Return, Remixing and Reconciliation: Lessons to be Learned Conference organized by PCC and FES, Buffer Zone, Nicosia Cyprus, 16 November 2016.
Hatay, Mete (2016) General Perceptions of Turkish Cypriots of Greece, presented at Cyprus-Greece Relations: A Beyond-the-Stereotype Overview organized by PCC and FES , CVAR, Nicosia Cyprus, 3 November.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Migrations Issues in North Cyprus, presented at 2016 PCC Annual Conference: Migration and Conflict in Europe and the Middle East, Home for Cooperation, Nicosia Cyprus, 14–15 October, 2016.
Hatay, Mete (2016) "'This place is not Germany!': Exceptionality and the politics of irresponsibility in north Cyprus,", presented at On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Conference “Discussion on Racial Discrimination Today and in a Reunited Cyprus tomorrow” organized by KISA, MHD and H4C, H4C Nicosia Cyprus, 21 March.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Carnavalesque Space and the Buffer Zone, presented at "Multitude and Democracy: Experiences from North East India and Myanmar" organized by PRIO and OKDISCD, Guwahati India, 19 February 2016.
Hatay, Mete (2016) Soveregnity Paradox and Cyprus Conflict, presented at 'Multitude and Democracy: New Perceptions' organized byPRIO and the Manipur University Philosophy Department , Manipur India, 22 February 2016.
Hatay, Mete 2007Is Cyprus an Exceptional Case for Europe?, presented at International Workshop on Finding Common Grounds 2: Turkey and V4 Civil Society Forum, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava, 10–11 October.
Hatay, Mete 2007Settlers, Soliders, Students, and "Slaves": The Complex Composition of the Turkish Immigrants in Cyprus, presented at Conference on Cyprus Three Years after EU Accession: A Member State with a Divided Legal System, European Academy, Berlin, 25–26 May.
Hatay, Mete 2007Image of Turkish Settlers in Turkish Cypriotic Media, presented at 6th International Congress on Cyprus Studies, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, 24–26 October.
Hatay, Mete 2006From Ottomans to Turks of Cyprus, presented at European Consortium of Political Research, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26 April.
Hatay, Mete (2006) Carving the Landscapes with Nationalism, presented at Histories of Productive Failures: From French Revolution to Manifesta VI, The UN Plaza, 27–29 October.
Hatay, Mete (2006) Immigration and Settlement North of the Barbed Wire: Changing society, presented at Between Social Change and Nationalism, Inter-College, Nicosia, 10–12 November.
Hatay, Mete 2005The Other Turks of Cyprus - Immigration, Identity and Insecurity, presented at Peacebuilding in Divided Societies26 November.

PRIO Paper

Hatay, Mete (2020) Covid 19 and north Cyprus: Pandemic, politics and non-recognized struggles, Occasional Paper Series. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Hatay, Mete; Julia Kalimeri & Fiona Mullen (2008) Intra-island Trade in Cyprus: Obstacles, Oppositions and Psychological Barriers, PRIO Cyprus Centre Paper. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

Report - Other

Hatay, Mete; & Rebecca Bryant (2008) Migrant Cities Research: Nicosia North, Living Together. British Council and the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Alexiou, Alexis; Ayla Gürel; Mete Hatay; & Yiouli Taki (2003) The Annan Plan for Cyprus: A Citizen's GuideNicosia: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Hatay, Mete (2021) Varosha: Between Human Rights and Realpolitik, FES Briefing. Nicosia: FES Cyprus.
Tzimitras, Harry; & Mete Hatay (2016) The Need for Realism: Solving the Cyprus Problem through Linkage Politics, Turkey Project Policy Paper, 9. Washington DC: Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution.
Bryant, Rebecca; & Hatay, Mete (2011) Negotiating the Cyprus Problem(s), TESEV Foreign Policy ProgrammeTESEV Publications.
Hatay, Mete; & Rebecca Bryant (2009) Suing for Sovereignty: Property, Territory and EU's Cyprus Problem, Global Political Trends Center Policy Brief. Istanbul: Global Political Trends Center.

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