Westminster Debates

Westminster Debate ‘Suicide among Turkish, Kurdish, Cypriot Diasporas in Europe’

16 October 2017, House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) put on a public forum in the House of Commons on the issue of suicide among the Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot diasporas of Europe. The event was hosted and chaired by Heidi Alexander MP and featured keynote speakers Ozlem Eylem of the Centre […]

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey’s Foreign Policy in Syria and the Kurdish Issue’

10 Oct 2017, House of Commons Cengiz Candar gave a wide ranging talk to guests in Committee Room 9 of the Houses of Parliament, covering Turkey, the Kurdish question and the Syrian conflict. He began by explaining the history of the region and emphasising the close links between Kurds living on both sides of Turkey’s […]

Westminster Debate ‘US-Turkey Relations and the Failed Coup Attempt’

9 Oct 2017 House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies held a public forum with former US Ambassador to Turkey James F. Jeffrey. This forum was kindly hosted by Virendra Sharma MP (Ealing Southall) and chaired by Sir David Logan, former UK Ambassador to Turkey.  Mr. Jeffrey began by talking about the challenges Turkey […]

Westminster Debate, ‘Changes to the Education System in Turkey and the Opposition’

9th October 2017 – Professor Gaye Usluer, Member of the Turkish Parliament for the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), joined the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) for a discussion in Westminster on the education system in Turkey. The event began with words of thanks and appreciation from Emily Casey-Haworth, host Faisal Rashid MP’s Assistant, and […]

Joint Forums

CEFTUS and RUSI Roundtable with Professor Osman Can

Transitioning Towards a Presidential System under a State of Emergency 10 Oct 2017 RUSI CEFTUS and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) held a joint roundtable with Professor of Law Dr Osman Can, Member of Venice Commission of Council of Europe and former Justice and Development Party (AKP) MP for Istanbul on 9th October 2017. Dr. […]

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

5 June 2017, King’s College Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with King’s College Diplomacy Society held a book launch event with Professor Tahir Abbas, a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government, LSE. The event was chaired by George Dyson of CEFTUS. […]

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 […]


Briefing on recent political changes in the AKP

19 October 2017 President Erdogan is seeking to consolidate his power by renewing his party prior to the crucial 2019 elections The surprisingly narrow victory in April’s referendum has raised questions about the electoral strength of the ruling Justice and Development Party after 15 years in power President Erdogan has led calls for longstanding figures […]

Briefing on the Turkey – US visa dispute

12 October 2017 The Turkey – US visa dispute is unprecedented, revealing wider changes in the factors underpinning their relationship The US embassy in Turkey has stopped issuing visas after one of its staff was detained and a warrant issued for another’s arrest, with the Turkish embassy in the US responding in kind Anti-American sentiment […]

Briefing on Turkey’s mixed response to the referendum on Kurdish independence in Iraq

05 October 2017 Following the Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq, Turkey is caught between opposing a Kurdish state and reluctance to lose the influence it has built-up in the region Over the last 20 years, Turkey has developed a pragmatic relationship with the Kurdish Region in Iraq grounded in growing energy cooperation The ability to […]

Briefing on a new Turkish operation in Syria

28 September 2017 Turkey is set to make another significant military intervention in Syria Turkey is expected to take a lead role in the proposed de-escalation zone in Idlib Idlib is dominated by the al-Qaeda linked Tahrir al-Sham, who recently pushed Turkish-backed rebels out of the province Turkey sees Idlib as the first step towards tackling […]


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 […]


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

On Sunday 8th October 2017, the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) hosted its 6th Anniversary Gala with over 700 guests at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel near the UK Houses of Parliament.   Commemorating the founding of CEFTUS 6 years ago, the event celebrated the achievements of CEFTUS over the last year in building bridges between […]

Winners of the Turkish, Kurdish & Turkish Cypriot Community Achievement Awards 2017

The winners of the Community Achievement Awards 2017 CEFTUS Appreciation Award Cengiz Candar   Businesswomen of the Year Award Yildiz Jasmine Armstrong Itir Sokmen   Businessmen of the Year Award Mehmet Sar Alp Ceylan Nasir Kiral   Law Awards Ozlem Erbil Cetin Ozan Askin     Role Models of the Year Awards   Helin Pekoz […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s CEFTUS 6th Anniversary Video Message

The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP, was unable to attend the 6th anniversary CEFTUS gala on 8th October 2017. He kindly sent a video message of support:   (29) Related posts: Jeremy Corbyn’s 6th Anniversary Message Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn’s Anniversary Message Mark Field MP’s 6th Anniversary Message Mayor Sadiq […]

Afzal Khan MP’s 6th Anniversary Message

“Firstly, let me congratulate you on your 6th anniversary and on your tremendous record of activity over this short period. The Centre for Turkey Studies provides a critical platform for engaging with minority communities of Turkish origins in the UK and for the deepening of ties between the UK and Turkey. Migrant communities from around the […]


Diana Johnson MP for Hull North

Diana was born and brought up in the North West of England. After studying Law at University, she was called to the Bar in 1991.  For many years, she worked for community law centres, specialising in welfare and employment law.  She has also worked as a National Officer for a civil service trade union. She […]

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 […]

Angus Brendan MacNeil MP

Angus Brendan MacNeil MP was born Angus Brendan MacNeil on 21 July 1970 in Barra, Scotland and is the Scottish National Party MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar. Currently sitting on the Liaison Committee (Commons) (since September 2015), Angus Brendan MacNeil chairs the Energy and Climate Change Committee (June 2015). He has in the past sat on […]

Jonathan Fryer

Jonathan Fryer (born 5 June 1950) is a British writer, broadcaster, lecturer and Liberal Democrat politician.He was the LibDem candidate for the constituency of Poplar and Limehouse in the 2010 general election, coming in fourth. (79) Related posts: Keith Vaz MP Diana Johnson MP for Hull North Mustafa Topkaya Cllr Ertan Hurer, Conservative Party



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CEFTUS 5th Anniversary Video

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