Westminster Debates

Westminster Debate ‘Academic Freedom in Turkey’

The Westminster Debate was kindly hosted by Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East. The keynote speakers for the debate were Ms Gulseren Onanc, Assembly Member of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Ms Sinem Arslan of the University of Essex, Dr Janroj Keles of Middlesex University, and Dr Elizabeth, President of the University and College Union (UCU). The […]

‘Turkey: Collapse of Peace Talks, ISIS Attacks and A New Constitution’

This Westminster Debate was kindly hosted by Lord Northbrook with keynote speakers, Republican People’s Party (CHP) MPs for Istanbul, Mr Gursel Tekin and Dr Sezgin Tanrikulu. Dr Sezgin Tanrikulu began by discussing the Kurdish issue, stating that the conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is presently at its […]

‘Cost of Syrian Refugee Crisis: Social, Economic and Political Benefits and Burden’

This Westminster Debate was kindly hosted by Yvette Cooper MP for Normanton, Pontecraft and Castleford and was chaired by Ms Doris Carrion of the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Programme, whose expertise include Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, and the impact of the Syrian Conflict on  neighbouring countries. Keynote Speakers were Prof Dr […]

CEFTUS Westminster Debate ‘Cyprus, the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean’

9 December 2015, House of Commons Our CEFTUS Westminster Debate with keynote speaker His Excellency, Euripides L. Evriviades, High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland focused on the role of Cyprus as a member of the European Union in the region and the prospects for […]

Joint Forums

‘Changing Kurdish Dynamics in the Middle East’

CEFTUS and LSE Middle East Centre Joint Forum ‘Changing Kurdish Dynamics in the Middle East’ 19 April 2016 House of Commons The forum was hosted by Labour MP Sharon Hodgson for Washington & Sunderland West. The forum came as the hundred year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement nears. The Sykes-Picot agreement saw the defining of […]

CEFTUS and IPC Istanbul Roundtable Meeting on ‘Post-Election Turkey’

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC)-Sabanci University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative and the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) organised a roundtable meeting entitled “Post-Election Turkey” on Friday, January 15, 2016. The meeting elaborated on Turkey’s domestic dynamics and foreign policy following the last elections. This event was a continuation of two meetings held by IPC and CEFTUS in the British […]

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

30 November 2015, House of Commons Our event in partnership with Refugee Workers Cultural Association (RWCA) and the Centre for Kurdish Progress was chaired by Lord William Wallace and Joan Ryan MP for Enfield and was hosted Seema Malhotra MP in the House of Commons. Mrs Figen Yuksekdag’s speech was translated by Andrew Penny. Mrs […]

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 […]

News

CIVIL GLOBAL 2016 | Global Civil Diplomacy Summit

Between 20 – 22 April 2016, in Istanbul, Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM) organised CIVIL GLOBAL 2016 SUMMIT with the gathering of public representatives, NGOs, private sectoral and media representatives, researchers, experts and academicians of both formal and civil disciplines from Turkey and abroad. The series of events were organised under the main theme of “Discovering the Potential: […]

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  […]

Advisors

Dr Tunc Aybak

  Dr Tunc Aybak is currently the director of International Politics Programme at School of Law, Middlesex University. He graduated from School of Political Science, Ankara University in International Relations and Diplomacy. He completed his PhD at the University of Hull in International law and Politics. He teaches on BA International Politics and MA International […]

Dr Soner Cagaptay

  Dr Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International […]

Gareth Winrow

Gareth M. Winrow is currently an independent research analyst and consultant based in Oxford. He is also presently a tutor at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education. He has worked in Turkey for twenty years where he was a Professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. A recipient of two NATO […]

Andrew Slaughter MP

Andy Slaughter is a British Labour Party politician and was Member of Parliament for Hammersmith from 2010 until March 2015. He is currently the Labour candidate for Hammersmith at the General Election to be held on Thursday 7 May 2015. He had previously been MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush from 2005 to 2010 […]

Our Speakers

Arwa Ibrahim

  CEFTUS Joint Forum ‘Experience of Women in Contemporary Turkey’ Ms. Arwa Ibrahim is a journalist at the London-based Middle East Eye. She specialises in covering social and political change in Turkey and Egypt. After graduating with a double major in politics and journalism, she completed her MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies with […]

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 […]

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 […]

BEJAN MATUR

  BEJAN MATUR Columnist of daily Zaman, Poet Westminster Debate ‘Democratisation and Political Reforms in Turkey’   Bejan Matur is an author and columnist from Turkey, and has since 2005 been writing for Zaman. Bejan studied law at Ankara University, although taking a keen interest in poetry during her time at Ankara University, and has since […]

about

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 […]

Mission

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 […]

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 […]

CEFTUS now offers internships

Internships The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) offers internships throughout the year for people who are interested in gaining practical experience in relations between Turkey and the UK. Internships offered are in areas of communications, events organisation, press relations, fundraising and research. Duration and schedule of internships are designed according to availability and skills of candidates. […]