Westminster Debates

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

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) will be holding an exclusive roundtable event with Pieter Cleppe, the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe on 25th April 2017. Please see speaker biography below. The event will take place between 4-5PM on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 in Waterloo. Please email us on info@ceftus.org to register […]

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

Policy Brief Launch Event and Joint Forum: ‘What Is at Stake in the Turkish Constitutional Referendum?’

13 April 2017, Unite the Union The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with the Oxford-based Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) hosted a public forum with Dr Bill Kissane, a political scientist and historian, and Associate Professor in Politics at the London School of Economics. The event, held at the headquarters of Unite […]

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

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and Index on Censorship are pleased to invite you to 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 on 20th April 2017. Please see speaker biographies below. This event […]

Joint Forum ‘After Turkey’s referendum what hopes for a Cyprus Settlement?’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the Friends of Cyprus are pleased to invite you to a public forum with keynote speaker Sener Elcil, General Secretary of KTOS, the Turkish Cypriot Primary Teachers Trade Union. Please see speaker biography below. This event is kindly hosted by Fabian Hamilton, Labour MP for Leeds North East. […]

Joint Forum ‘Referendum in Turkey: Presidential Systems, the Economy and Foreign Policy’

4 April 2017, King’s College The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the King’s College London Diplomacy Society hosted a joint panel discussion event on 4 April at King’s College London entitled ‘Referendum in Turkey: Presidential Systems, the Economy and Foreign Policy’. Dr Gulcin Ozkan, Professor of Economics at the University of York, and Dr […]

Briefings

Briefing on Turkey’s referendum and the future of Turkish politics

The results of the referendum reflect shifts in Turkey’s political landscape and raise new questions, meaning a respite from political uncertainty seems unlikely. Turkey’s opposition party has raised questions over the legitimacy of the result of Sunday’s vote, meaning the issue of the referendum may continue for some time. While the government appears to have […]

Briefing on Turkey, Russia and Syria

Turkey’s immediate show of support for the recent US strike in Syria on government forces may have damaged its relations with Russia, demonstrating the balancing act Turkey must play between the two powers. • Turkey’s recent relative quiet about removing Assad was interpreted as a concession to Russia, but its response to the US strike […]

Special Briefing, Kurdish Affairs, March 2017

The March 2017 Kurdish Affairs Special Briefing explored tensions between Kurdish groups and between these groups and other actors in the four countries of focus. It also looked at broader regional tensions and how these have impacted Kurdish affairs. The Centre for Turkey Studies research team spoke with key actors and insider sources to develop our insights into events […]

Briefing on the ‘no’ campaign and the CHP

The CHP campaign against the proposed changes to the constitution has received both praise and criticism, and sheds light on the current state of the party and its ambitions. The CHP leadership has laid out instructions to its campaigners, including using positive rhetoric, for its ‘no’ campaign against the proposed changes to the constitution. Both […]

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

We are proud to announce that we will be presenting the Sixth Annual Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot Community Achievement Awards at the CEFTUS Anniversary Gala later this year. If you know a Turk, Kurd or Turkish Cypriot who deserves recognition for their hard work in the community then we invite you to nominate them […]

CEFTUS is seeking a new Programme Officer

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) founded in 2011 with the support of former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is seeking a new Programme Officer 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 […]

CEFTUS Partnership with Frontier Horizons

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is excited to announce it will be partnering with Frontier Horizons to deliver specialised, in-depth analysis on issues affecting our areas of interest, namely Turkey Syria, Iran and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Frontier Horizons is a global risk management and specialist security consultancy, with extensive networks across over […]

CEFTUS Spoke at Bath University’s Middle East Awareness Society

George Dyson, Head of Research at CEFTUS, spoke at an event organised by Bath University’s Middle East Awareness Society, about the failed coup in Turkey this summer. George explored the impact of the failed coup on Turkish society at the event, entitled “Does military power still play a crucial role in the politics of the […]

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 […]

Councillor Dogan Delman

  Married with two sons. High School in Cyprus and higher education at ODTU Ankara and Middlesex Polytechnic in London. Career in Finance and Management in Local Government and private sector. Currently semi-retired freelance Business and Management Consultant. Active in Turkish Cypriot Community in London since 1976 and in the Conservative Party since 1978. Currently […]

Stephen Kinnock MP

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 Cambridge University to study modern languages, […]

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. (66) Related posts: Keith Vaz MP Diana Johnson MP for Hull North Mustafa Topkaya Cllr Ertan Hurer, Conservative Party

Our Speakers

Dr Sezgin Tanrıkulu

‘Turkey: Collapse of Peace Talks, ISIS Attacks and A New Constitution’ Dr Sezgin Tanrıkulu is a Member of Parliament for Istanbul. He is a human rights lawyer and co-founded the Diyarbakır Human Rights Association. He studied Law at Istanbul University, completed his Master’s in Public Law Dicle University and his PhD in Social Sciences at […]

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 […]

Lord William Wallace

CEFTUS and IPC Joint Forum ‘Post-Election Turkey’ Lord William Wallace is a Liberal Democrat Peer. He was an Emeritus Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics. He was appointed a government whip in the Lords in the coalition government which was formed after the 2010 election, with departmental responsibilities covering the FCO, the Ministry […]

Dr. Muhammet Cakmak

CEFTUS Westminster Debate : ‘The Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Political Outlook in the ‘New Turkey” Doc.Dr. Muhammed Cakmak is a professor of sociology of religion. He is also an advisor for the Leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Theology. Dr Cakmak started his academic […]

about

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 […]

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 is seeking a new Programme Officer

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) founded in 2011 with the support of former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is seeking a new Programme Officer 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 […]

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 […]