Westminster Debates

CEFTUS and IPC Roundtable ‘Post-Election Turkey’

Please note this event will take place in Committee Room 21 of the House of Commons. Visitors will need to enter the Houses of Parliament via the Visitor Entrance on Cromwell Green. The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and Istanbul Policy Center of Sabanci University are pleased to invite you to a rountable titled ‘Post-Election Turkey’ on 18 […]

‘Kurdish Issue: Is Peace Still on the Table?

  27 October 2015, House of Commons The keynote speaker was veteran journalist and author Cengiz Candar and the event was kindly chaired and hosted by Tom Brake MP. Tom Brake MP opened the event discussing the strong relationship between Britain and Turkey and how this has grown increasingly important in light of the Syrian Crisis. […]

‘Religious Conservatism and the AKP before Snap Elections of 1st November 2015’

5 October 2015, Unite the Union The Centre for Turkey Studies’ public forum with columnist Mr Levent Gultekin welcome many members of the Turkish and Kurdish communities in London. This event was kindly chaired by Solicitor Serpil Ersan.  Mr Gultekin’s began his speech by elaborating on the fact that states often create an “other” so […]

‘Bridges between Turkey and UK: From Immigration to Integration’

10 September 2015, House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies organised a public forum with keynote speakers, Keith Vaz MP (Former Minister for Europe, 1999-2001), former Turkish Attache for Labour and Social Security in Stockholm, Rotterdam, Brussels and London Mrs Aysegul Yesildaglar and immigration lawyers, Ms Maria Patsalos and Mrs Serpil Ersan. The event […]

Joint Forums

RWCA, CEFTUS and Kurdish Progress Public Forum with HDP Co-Chair Figen Yuksekdag

Post-Election Turkey: Is Peace Achievable? Refugee Workers Cultural Association (RWCA) in partnership with the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the Centre for Kurdish Progress are pleased to invite you to a public forum with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Ms Figen Yuksekdag on 30 November 2015. Please see speaker biography below. This event […]

CEFTUS and IPC Joint Forum ‘Post-Election Turkey’

17 November 2015, House of Commons CEFTUS and Istanbul Policy Center of Sabanci University hosted a debate with keynote speakers Professor Fuat Keyman, Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabanci University, Lord Peter Hain, Lord Owen and Lord William Wallace. The event was chaired by Professor Ayla Gol of Aberystwyth University […]

Joint Forum ‘The Syrian War’s Impact on Kurdish Politics’

  16 November 2015, House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies, in partnership with the Centre for Kurdish Progress organised a debate with keynote speakers Dr Cengiz Gunes, Associate Lecturer at the Open University, Mr Robert Lowe, Manager of the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and […]

Istanbul Aydin University and CEFTUS Joint Forum “The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Role of Turkey”

This event has now been postponed to a future date due to our keynote speaker Prof Dr Kucukcan’s commitments in Parliament. Please visit our website for updates. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. You are cordially invited to and Centre for Studies on Turkey (CST) of Istanbul Aydin University’s seminar in partnership with the Centre for […]


Ceftus – Christmas Dinner

Join Us for an evening of festive fun! 10% off for Online Tickets. Buy Now! Date: 08th December 2015, 07:30pm Venue: Ev Restaurant Price & Menu: £48*,  3 course meal plus first drinks Address: 97 Isabella Street, Southwark, London, SE1 8DD (*) 10% Off for Online Tickets Click Here Buy Your Ticket Now! Related posts: […]

2015 Anniversary Message from Jeremy Corbyn MP

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP’s support message for CEFTUS’ 4th anniversary celebration. Related posts: 2015 Anniversary Message from Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP 2015 Anniversary Message from Mayor Boris Johnson MP ‘Destruction of the Near East and the Kurdistan Issue’ CEFTUS 3rd Anniversary Interview with Keith Vaz MP

CEFTUS 4th Anniversary

We celebrated fourth year of our ever increasingly important work on 28th October 2015 with 600 distinguished guests in London Marriott Grosvenor Hotel.   We are extremely grateful for cross-party support from the British Parliament. Several MPs and Lords/Baronesses including Keith Vaz Labour MP, David Amess MP, Tom Brake Liberal Democrat MP, Seema Malhotra Labour […]

Winners of Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot Community Achievement Awards 2015

We would like to congratulate the winners of the Community Achievement Awards 2015. Please see below the full list of winners.   CEFTUS Appreciation Award Mr Rami Ronger MBE, Mr Shany Gupta, Mr Martin Howe and Mrs Gulse Birsel Community Achievement Role Model (Female/Male) Dr. Seval Tasdemir and Mrs Aysegul Yesildaglar Mr Ali Poyraz and Dr Ziya Radmand  […]


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 […]

Stephen Kinnock

Stephen Kinnock: Parliamentary Candidate for Aberavon Stephen Kinnock was born in Tredegar in 1970, and has kept strong and continuing links to South Wales throughout his life. He joined the Labour Party when he was 15 and is a proud member of Community trade union and the Co-operative Party. Following comprehensive school he went to […]

Cllr Ertan Hurer, Conservative Party

Ertan is a Turkish Cypriot and active community member and Councillor for Enfield. Born Hackney London 1961 to Turkish Cypriot parents. Ertan is an Economics Graduate from Queen Mary College. He has qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 and been in practice since 1991.  He has joined Conservative Party in 1997 although active in […]

Keith Vaz MP

Keith Vaz was first elected in June 1987 and was subsequently re-elected as a Member of Parliament 7 times. He was the first person of Asian origin to sit in the House of Commons since 1922. He was Britain’s Minister for Europe under Tony Blair. He was elected Chairman of the influential Home Affairs Select […]

Our Speakers

Banu Guven

  Banu Guven  Journalist Westminster Debate ‘Government, Media, Conflict and Peace: Limits to Freedom of Expression in Turkey’ BAnu Guven was born in Istanbul in 1969. Guven holds a BA in International Relations from Istanbul University and an MA in International Relations from Bogazici University, Istanbul. She completed a 3-months internship programme at the United Nations […]

Dr Ismail Besikci

  Westminster Debate ‘Destruction of the Near East and the Kurdistan Issue’ Joint Forum Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Past, Present and Future Dr Ismail Besikci, a Turkish sociologist, critic of Kemalism, and Kurdologist. He has written extensively on Turkey’s Kurds and their rights. He is regarded as an icon for freedom of speech as he was imprisoned […]

Etyen Mahcupyan

  CEFTUS Roundtable “Understanding the Transformation; AK Party Era in Turkey” Mr Etyen Mahçupyan received his BA degree in Chemical Engineering from Boğaziçi University, his first Master’s degree in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University, and his second Master’s degree in Political Science from Ankara University. He previously wrote columns for Turkish national daily newspapers Radikal, […]

Mike Gapes MP

Mike Gapes MP Westminster Debate ‘Syria And Turkey’s Foreign Policy’ Westminster Debate ‘Foreign Policy of Turkey during the EU Accession’ Labour MP for Ilford South and a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. His political interests include defence, international affairs, European Union, economic policy, education and mental health. Related posts: HILAL KAPLAN Nuray Mert Sir […]


Support CEFTUS Events on Crowdfunder

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS), as a not-for-profit organisation, would like to organise future Debates and Community Gatherings where anyone interested in Turkey may benefit. CEFTUS is a civil society organisation and we would like to do more of what we have done so far; organise debates and community gatherings with keynote speakers from […]


The Centre for Turkey Studies is an independent and non-partisan organisation inaugurated in April 2011 with the support of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in London. “ to serve as a Turkey-focused public policy forum for the British public and its communities originating from Turkey, and to create a dialogue between experts from Turkey and […]

CEFTUS 2013-2014 Booklet

  Please click the link below to download the Centre for Turkey Studies 2013-2014 Booklet Download CEFTUS 2013-2014 Booklet Related posts: Winners of the CEFTUS Community Achievement Awards 2014 CEFTUS 3rd Anniversary Interview with Keith Vaz MP Jonathan Friedman Presidential Election 2014 Insights Special

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 […]