Hakan Altinay is a distinguished intellectual and promotor of global civics. In 2018 he was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Turkish court, accused of planning to overthrow the government, in Turkey’s crackdown on dissent and freedom of assembly.
Hakan was previously Director of the European School of Politics and the President of the Global Civics Academy. His book, Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights In an Interdependent World, reflects work done while at Yale and was published in 2011 by Brookings Institution, later translated into Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The book also led to a documentary, directed by Jian Yi, another World Fellow, with viewers in 110 countries. His writings have appeared at Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, and Project Syndicate. Hakan was also the founding director of the Open Society Foundation in Turkey.