Westminster Debates

Westminster Debate with Can Dundar ‘Quo Vadis Turkiye?’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is delighted to invite you to a Westminster Debate with keynote speaker renowned journalist and author Mr Can Dundar. The event will take place on Wednesday 29 June 2016, between 7.00PM and 9.00PM in Committee Room 10, House of Commons. Please note that security checks are required to enter […]

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey: Analysis on Political Changes and Potential Scenarios for Future’

9 June 2016 House of Commons This Westminster Debate was kindly hosted by Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark. The keynote speaker was Mr Ahmet Hakan, Turkish columnist and TV presenter. Mr Ahmet writes daily columns for Hurriyet and has presented the popular current affairs programme Tarafsiz Bolge on CNNTurk since 2005, as well as […]

Public Forum ‘Regime Change in Turkey: Kurdish Politics and Foreign Policy’

  Friday 10 June 2016 Unite House This CEFTUS public forum was kindly chaired by Dr Zeynep Kaya of the London School of Economics. Keynote speakers Prof Dr Nuray Mert and political scientist and columnist Dr Lenore G. Martin spoke on Turkey’s foreign policy. Dr Lenore G. Martin opened her speech by analysing  why under the Justice […]

Westminster Debate ‘Turkish Democracy Today: Yet Another Test of ‘Democracy without Democrats’ Hypothesis’

  This public forum was kindly hosted and co-chaired by Stephen Kinnock, Labour MP for Aberavon. Keynote speaker was Dr Yilmaz Esmer, Professor of Political Science at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul. The event was held on 24 May 2015, in the House of Commons and it focused on the idea that a strong correlation exists between citizens’ mindsets and […]

Joint Forums

CEFTUS and English PEN Roundtable with Can Dundar

English PEN, in partnership with the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) will host a roundtable discussion with the leading Turkish editor and journalist Can Dündar on 29 June to discuss press freedom and the challenges to freedom of expression in Turkey. This is a closed meeting. Can Dündar is editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet. He […]

‘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 […]

News

The EU and Brexit, Where does Turkey Stand?

Gabriella Twinning With the referendum day fast approaching, the world is unsure how the British public shall vote this Thursday. With conflicting results from the polls, the only prediction I shall make is that the result shall be close, French election close. Further, this piece shall not focus on the closing arguments of the opposing […]

Turkish News Weekly Briefing, 2nd June – 7th June 2016

02/06/2016 – Guardian Turkey recalls ambassador after German MP’s Armenian genocide vote Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Berlin after German MPs approved a motion describing the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a century ago as genocide – a decision that the Turkish president said would “seriously affect” relations between the two countries. The five-page paper, co-written by […]

CEFTUS 5th Anniversary Gala

CEFTUS will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Our anniversary event will mark success of our work so far and will raise funds to carry out our future projects. Our anniversary celebrations in previous years welcome members of parliaments of UK and Turkey, London councillors, academics, journalists, business people and representatives of communities. This […]

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: […]

Advisors

Dr Katerina Dalacoura

  Dr Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously worked at the University of Essex and at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Her main areas of expertise are in: human rights, democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East; political Islam; and […]

Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece OBE

Born in London to Turkish-Cypriot parents, Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece was elected to Hackney Council as a Labour Party councillor for the Clissold ward in 1994 and became deputy leader in 1995 and 1996. She was the first woman from a Turkish/Cypriot background elected to public office in the UK. She then joined the Liberal Democrats […]

Dr Ayla Gol

Dr Ayla Gol is a Reader and Director of Graduate School at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. She serves on the editorial boards of Critical Studies on Terrorism, Mediterranean Politics and Center for the Strategic and Research Analysis. Dr Göl is also the co-convener of British International Studies Association (BISA) Working Group on ‘International Studies of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia’ (ISMMEA). […]

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 […]

Our Speakers

Prof Binnaz Toprak MP

  CEFTUS Joint Forum ‘Experience of Women in Contemporary Turkey’ Westminster Debate ‘Religion, Society and Politics in a Changing Turkey and the Hate Crime Legislation Campaign in Turkey’ Prof. Binnaz Toprak is a member of Turkey’s Parliament and vice chair of Commission on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. In 1976, she joined the Department […]

Dr David Graeber

  CEFTUS Joint Forum ‘Kurds in Syria: From Denial Toward Self-ruled Governance Model’ Dr David Graeber is a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the author of numerous books, including Lost People, Debt: the First 500 Years, and Utopia of Rules, and has been involved with a variety of activist […]

Professor Levent Koker

Professor Levent Koker Wesminster Debate ‘Turkey’s Path To A New Constitution: Possibilities And Obstacles’ Professor Koker is a member of the Faculty of Law in Atilim University (Ankara). He was one of the members of the committee of scholars in 2007 to prepare a draft of the Turkish constitution. His books include Modernization, Kemalism and Democracy, […]

Cemal Ozyigit

  CEFTUS Westminster Debate: ‘The Cyprus Dispute: Economic Crisis and Hydrocarbons’ Mr. Cemal Ozyigit was born in 1960 in the village of Fota in Cyprus. He graduated from the Teacher’s Academy and served as a primary school teacher in various villages of Cyprus. He did his postgraduate studies in the field of Education Management. He served […]

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 […]

CEFTUS 4th Anniversary Gala

We are very excited that CEFTUS will be celebrating its fourth anniversary this year. Our anniversary event will mark success of our work so far and will raise funds to carry out our future projects. Our anniversary celebrations in previous years welcome members of parliaments of UK and Turkey, London councillors, academics, journalists, business people […]

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 […]

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 […]