Westminster Debates

Roundtable with Pieter Cleppe ‘Referendum Result: Turkey-EU Relations’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) held an exclusive roundtable event with Pieter Cleppe, the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe on 25th April 2017. In this exclusive roundtable, Pieter Cleppe spoke in depth about Turkey-EU relations. He analysed the current state of the relations in terms of trade, refugee crisis and the […]

Westminster Debate ‘The Fundamental Sociological Conflict of Turkey’s Political Regime’

30 March 2017, House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS)organised a public forum with Dr Can Paker, Chairman of the Board at Inovent, a Board Member at Akbank, and a founding member and Chairman of PODEM (Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies). This event was kindly hosted by Virenda Sharma MP for Ealing, Southall […]

Westminster Debate ‘Integration of Turks in London: Lessons for Brexit Britain’

29 March 2017, House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) organised a public forum with Dr Ibrahim Sirkeci, Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing and the Director of the Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS) at Regent’s University London, and Dr Saniye Dedeoglu, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, […]

Westminster Debate ‘Referendum in Turkey’

27 March 2017 House of Commons This Westminster Debate was kindly hosted by Tom Brake Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington and chaired by Sara Whyatt, a researcher and campaigner on freedom of expression, formally of PEN International and Amnesty International and former English-language editor of Gezi Resistance Magazine. The keynote speaker was Erdogan Aydin, Human Rights […]

Joint Forums

CEFTUS and RUSI Joint Forum: ‘Turkish Civil-Military Relations and the Fight against Terrorism’

22 May 2017, RUSI The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) organised an exclusive event with Dr Metin Gurcan on 22 May 2017.  The event was kindly chaired by Dr Francesco F. Milan, Teaching Fellow at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London/Joint Services Command and Staff […]

CEFTUS, Turkish Studies at SOAS and SOAS Kurdish Society Joint Forum with Ece Temelkuran

16 May 2017, SOAS Writing as a survival tool in these “interesting times” Ece Temelkuran, famous journalist and novelist, spoke at a talk at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), organised by CEFTUS in partnership with SOAS Turkish Studies and SOAS Kurdish Society. The event was an open forum discussion and Temelkuran presented […]

Joint Forum ​’Contemporary Turkey in Conflict – The Post-Referendum Challenges’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and King’s College London Diplomacy Society are pleased to invite you to a public forum with Professor Tahir Abbas on 5th June 2017. Please see speaker biography below. The event will take place between 7-9PM on Monday, 5 June 2017 in the Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College (Strand, London […]

Joint Forum ‘Referendum Result and Future for Freedom of Expression in Turkey’

  20 April 2017, House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and Index on Censorship hosted a public forum with Special Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Guney Yildiz, award-winning Turkish-British technologist Alp Toker and Index on Censorship’s Head of Advocacy Melody Patry. This event was hosted by Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark and was chaired by […]

Briefings

Briefing on Turkey’s cooperation with armed non-state actors

Turkey’s expansive and complex security environment leads it to cooperate with armed non-state actors, a practice which presents particular challenges. • The range of conflicts on its doorstep and hostile actors means Turkey feels it necessary to cooperate with armed non-state actors domestically and in its near abroad. • Maintaining oversight over such groups presents […]

Briefing on the government’s combat of the Gulen Movement

Since last July’s attempted coup d’etat the Turkish government’s attempts to bring to justice members of the Gulen Movement, identified as the perpetrators, and degrade their international network have had profound consequences for Turkey domestically and internationally. Last July’s attempted coup d’état deeply shook Turkey, representing a threat to the very fundamentals of its democracy […]

Briefing on decrees and dismissals

The Turkish government continues to issue decrees under the state of emergency powers in an attempt to remove members of the Gulen Movement from the state bureaucracy. As part of its ongoing efforts to rid state bureaucracy of infiltration by the Gulen movement, the government has removed a further 3,974 public employees from their positions. […]

Briefing on Turkey’s strikes in Iraq and Syria

Turkey’s strikes in Iraq and Syria show that it is still willing to engage unilaterally against its allies’ wishes and that talk of a second phase of the Euphrates Shield operation may soon lead to action, making a return to negotiations on its Kurdish conflict less likely. Turkey launched airstrikes on Sinjar in Iraq and […]

analysis

Guardian Article: Turkey needs a moderating friend in Brexiting Britain

CEFTUS Director, Ibrahim Dogus, wrote an article for The Guardian on UK-Turkey relations, which appeared on 10 February 2017. Ibrahim argued that the UK and the EU more broadly, while rightly critical of aspects of Turkey’s policy, have not been vocal enough in their support for Turkey in the aftermath of last year’s attempted coup […]

Saturday 10 December twin suicide bomb attack in Istanbul

On Saturday night, a car bomber and suicide bomber attacked police positions outside a football stadium in the heart of Istanbul at the end of a match. The blasts killed at least 44 people, with over 150 injured. This is the fourth mass-casualty attack this year in Istanbul alone, one among countless attacks on security […]

EU-Turkey Relations

EU-Turkey relations and the EU parliament resolution to call for freezing Turkey’s accession process The EU adopts a cautiously confrontational stance towards Turkey as the refugee crisis deal hangs in the balance while Europe’s far right is on the rise and Turkey is ever more looking elsewhere for friends. Relations between Turkey and the European […]

Could Turkey’s main opposition, the CHP, have a chance at power?

Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) is the country’s oldest, having emerged from grass roots political movements involved in the initial struggle preceding the foundation of the Turkish Republic. It has been the country’s largest opposition party for over a decade. Banned in the 1980 military coup, the party has clawed its way back to its […]

News

CEFTUS is seeking a new Research and Grants Coordinator

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) founded in 2011 with the support of former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is seeking a new Research and Grants Coordinator to coordinate research tasks and secure grant funding. CEFTUS, which celebrated its 5th anniversary in October 2016, organises public forums and roundtable events, fundraising and networking receptions and awards ceremonies. CEFTUS conducts research […]

CEFTUS is seeking a new Coordinator

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) founded in 2011 with the support of former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is seeking a new Coordinator to help with administrative tasks and event organisation, and to provide some research assistance. CEFTUS, which celebrated its 5th anniversary in October 2016, organises public forums and roundtable events, fundraising and networking receptions […]

Membership

Would you like to become a member of CEFTUS or donate? We provide a voice for the entire Turkish-speaking community in the UK at a governmental level, and we have helped raise the profile and improve the perception of the community. We foster lively debate around issues affecting Turkey and the diaspora, challenging preconceptions. Our […]

Ceftus 6th Anniversary Gala and Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot Community Achievement Awards (2017)

We are delighted to invite you to our Sixth Anniversary Gala on 3rd October 2017. Please see event details below: 3 October 2017 Reception 18:00 – 19:00 Dinner & Awards London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE Dress Code: Lounge Suit or Cocktail Dress RSVP to info@ceftus.org Please go to the link […]

Advisors

Caroline Flint MP

Caroline Flint, Member of Parliament for Don Valley since 1997, lives near her constituency, in Sprotbrough village, with her husband Phil Cole.  They have three children, now adults.  Her children all went to school in Doncaster. Caroline has been a member of the Labour party since 1979.  She is one of Labour’s best known parliamentarians and frequently […]

Dr Deniz Cifci

  Dr Deniz Çifçi is a Middle East analyst and he is specialised in Kurds. His research covers Islamic and ethno-national movements with intense focus on ISIS, PKK, Kurdish Hezbollah, Menzil and Gulen movements. He is also an expert on the Turkish Foreign Policy and Kurdish political movements in Syria, Iran, and Iraq. He has extensive fieldwork experience […]

Rusen Cakir

  Rusen Cakir is senior correspondent for the Turkish daily Vatan and editor of Metis Publishing’s Black and White Book Series, which promotes the work of investigative journalists. Since 1985, he has served with prominent newspapers and television outlets such as Nokta, Tempo, Cumhuriyet, Milliyet, CNN-Turk, and NTV. His publications (all in Turkish) include Neither […]

Mustafa Topkaya

Mustafa Topkaya Business Development Mustafa Topkaya was born in Sivas, Turkey in 1955. He spent his childhood in Sivas in summers and Adana in winters. He went to primary school in Adana and he moved to Istanbul with his family in 1967. He lived there until he moved to Britain for further studies in August […]

Our Speakers

Muslim Sari MP for Istanbul

  Muslim Sari MP for Istanbul Westminster Debate ‘Religion, Society and Politics in A Changing Turkey’ Müslim Sarı was born in 1974 in Istanbul, Kadikoy. Sari graduated from the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University in 1997. Sari continues to work on his master’s degree in the Department of Political Science and Public […]

Prof Osman Can

  CEFTUS Westminster Debate “Structural Changes Ahead of the 2015 General Elections in Turkey” Professor Dr. Osman Can has been serving as a member of the Central Decision-Making and Administrative Committee of AK Party Since September 2012. He is Member of the AK Party’s Constitutional Committee, which leads the constitution-making process in Turkey. Professor Can […]

Maria Patsalos

‘Bridges between Turkey and UK: From Immigration to Integration’ Maria Patsalos is an Associate in the Private department of Mischon de Reya, specialising in immigration. Her practice includes acting for both individual and corporate clients with an emphasis on finding bespoke immigration solutions. Maria specialises in the following applications: Tier 1 Investor Visas; Tier 1 […]

Prof Dr Yaman Akdeniz

Prof Dr Yaman Akdeniz Westminster Debate ‘Freedom of Expression during the EU Accession Process’ Professor of Law, and vice-chancellor, at the Human Rights Law Centre at the Faculty of Law,IstanbulBilgiUniversity. Prof Akdeniz held a position as senior lecturer at theSchool ofLaw at theUniversity ofLeeds until 2009, as well as being a founder and director of Cyber-Rights.org, […]

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Background of Communities in the UK

There are over 350,000 Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriots living and working in the United Kingdom; their settlement in the UK took place in distinct phases since the 1950s. As with many immigrant communities, they represent diverse communities with different socio-economic status, religious backgrounds, regional origins, and various motives for migrating to the UK. It […]

Centre for Turkey Studies Funding

The Centre for Turkey studies receives donations from members and supporters as well sponsorship from businesses based in London for its activities. We are thankful for generous support so far provided by members and supporters of the Centre for Turkey Studies amongst the UK’s large Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot communities.  We also organise fundraising […]

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CEFTUS New Team Meeting

  June 2013 The London based Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) continues to grow. The centre’s new team came together in June to discuss short and long term plans. The Centre for Turkey Studies, with a view to implementing a more institutional structure, has started working together with current and new members of different professions […]