Westminster Debates

CEFTUS Roundtable with Dr Erol Kaymak and Dr Michalis Attalides

‘Cyprus issue: What’s next?’ Two experts, one from each side of divided Cyprus, Dr Erol Kaymak and Dr Michalis Attalides, will discuss the future of Cyprus at this exclusive roundtable on 8 February 2017, following on from the Cyprus reunification talks which are currently being held in Geneva. Dr Erol Kaymak is the Chair of the Department of […]

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey-Russia Relations’

This Centre for Turkey Studies Westminster Debate was hosted and chaired by Lord Balfe. Our keynote speakers were Dr Natasha Kuhrt of the Deparment of War Studies King’s College, Ezgi Basaran, journalist and columnist, and visitor at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and Professor William Hale of SOAS. Ms Ezgi Basaran began by stating that […]

Westminster Debate ‘The Cyprus Issue: Cyprus Reunification Talks’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is pleased to invite you to a public forum with Dr Erol Kaymak, the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Eastern Mediterranean University, and Dr Michalis Attalides, who was the Rector of the University of Nicosia until 1 April 2016 and is currently the […]

CEFTUS Roundtable ‘Post-Coup Turkey’

10th October 2016, Impact Hub Westminster at New Zealand House This Centre for Turkey Studies roundtable was chaired by Dr Janroj Keles of Middlesex University and featured Mr Mehmet Emin Ekmen, former MP for the Justice and Development (AK) Party. The discussion was translated by George Dyson. Mr Ekmen offered a three-stage discussion of the events. […]

Joint Forums

Roundtable with Sir David Logan, Former Ambassador to Turkey

Turkey’s turbulent past year and implications for the future Sir David Logan, Former Ambassador to Turkey and Chair of the British Institute at Ankara, will be speaking at a CEFTUS Roundtable discussing Turkey’s turbulent past year and its implications for the country’s future. Please see speaker biography below. This past year, Turkey has consistently made […]

Joint Forum ‘Brexit, Turkey and the European Union’

17 November 2016, House of Commons This event organised in partnership with Friends of Turkey Group in the European Parliament was kindly hosted and chaired by Catherine West, Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green. Geoffrey Van Orden, Conservative MEP for East England and Stephen Kinnock, Labour MP for Aberavon were the keynote speakers. Catherine West MP began […]

Roundtable with Selahattin Demirtas Co-Leader of the HDP

We regret to inform you that due to sudden and unexpected circumstances Mr Selahattin Demirtas will NOT be able to take part in this public forum. This event is therefore postponed to a future date. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. __________________________________________________________________________ CEFTUS in partnership with Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is organising an exclusive […]

Joint Forum ‘Post-Coup Turkey and Counter-Terrorism’

This event has now been postponed to a later date in December due to urgent commitments of the speakers. We will soon be in touch regarding the new date for the event. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with Turkish Asian Center for Asian Studies (TASAM) […]


Briefing on the Cyprus peace talks

The conspicuous absence of the Cyprus peace talks in recent pronouncements by the Turkish government hints at the government’s concerns over the domestic unpopularity of concessions on the issue. For a government typically vocal on its international policies, AKP officials have remained conspicuously muted on the Cyprus peace talks. The government’s reliance on nationalist MPs […]

News Briefing 16 January 2017

Click here to subscribe to receive daily news briefings and weekly analytical briefings   Deaths continue in Turkey’s south east Two soldiers were killed and two were wounded in an operation in Turkey’s south eastern province of Bitlis targeting PKK militants. The operation began on the evening of Friday 12 January and lasted throughout the weekend. […]

CEFTUS briefing on normalising Turkey-Iraq relations

By normalising its ties with Iraq, Turkey has hoped to have Erbil and Baghdad exert greater pressure on the PKK, but the potential for Turkey to secure its desired influence in the north of the country is uncertain. Turkey-Iraq ties, already strained, came to a head over Baghdad’s call late last year for Turkey to […]

CEFTUS briefing on Turkey’s worsening security environment

The New Year’s Eve night club attack in Istanbul reflects Turkey’s worsening security environment and the aftermath its society’s widening divisions. Islamic State (IS) claimed the New Year’s Eve night club attack, marking a possible escalation in the group’s activities in Turkey and a further blow to Turkey’s tourist industry. This and other recent attacks […]


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 […]

Post-coup Turkey: What is the AKP Government Perspective?

15 October 2016 Since Turkey’s failed coup attempt in July of this year, a lot of attention has been given to the government’s crackdown on suspected supporters of the Gülen movement, presumed to be behind the attempt. The Turkish government has been heavily criticised for presiding over politically motivated purges, which use the coup as […]


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 […]

Co-Leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas MP’s Anniversary Message

‘I congratulate the Centre for Turkey Studies on five years of crucial work. With global politics in such a state of flux – and Turkey in particular going through extremely challenging times – we need expert sources like CEFTUS to shed light on what’s really happening. Good luck for the coming months and years.’ Caroline […]


Jean Lambert MEP

Jean Denise Lambert MEP, Green Party UK, Vice-President of the Greens/European Free Alliance Group Jean Denise Lambert[1], born Jean Denise Archer on 1 June 1950 in Orsett, Essex is an English politician, and Member of the European Parliament for the London Region. A member of the Green Party of England and Wales, she has been […]

Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce is a UK Labour Party supporter and was a Labour, then Independent, MP for a Scottish constituency. He is especially interested in Falkirk, Africa (which, for the benefit of journalists in Scotland, is larger than Falkirk and is abroad), educational research and the extractive industries. He is a member of the multi-stakeholder group  for the UK […]

Sara Whyatt

Sara Whyatt is a campaigner and researcher on freedom of expression and human rights, notably for PEN International for over 20 years (1990-2013), and previously for Amnesty International. At PEN she worked with its global membership of writers based in over 100 countries mobilising its campaigns for writers at risk as well as on thematic […]

Mustafa Topkaya

Mustafa Topkaya Business Development Mustafa Topkaya was born in Sivas, Turkey in 1955. He spent his childhood in Sivas in summers and Adana in winters. He went to primary school in Adana and he moved to Istanbul with his family in 1967. He lived there until he moved to Britain for further studies in August […]

Our Speakers

Dr David L. Philips

  CEFTUS Joint Forum ‘Kurds in Syria: From Denial Toward Self-ruled Governance Model’ Dr David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a Senior Adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a Foreign Affairs Expert and […]

Dr Natalie Martin

  Westminster Debate ‘Democracy, Identity and Foreign Policy and Turkey’s Inaugural Presidential Election’ Dr Natalie Martin is a former BBC journalist turned academic specialising in EU Turkey relations. She is a part time lecturer at De Montfort University and a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for the Study of International Governance at Loughborough University. Her […]

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 […]

Meg Hillier MP

Joint Forum “The Crisis in Iraq: Unexpected Alliances, Western Intervention and the Kurdistan Question” Meg Hillier was elected Member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch in 2005. Meg is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling. Meg is also a member of […]



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 […]

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 […]

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The Centre for Turkey Studies is a non-profit organisation that organises monthly speaker series, panel discussions, round tables and dinner events in the UK Parliament, think tanks, academic institutions and the City of London.   Founded in 2011, the Centre has achieved a lot in 5 years, establishing itself as a cultural leader in Turkish, […]


To host forums, round tables and panel discussions dealing with subjects related to the analysis of Turkey’s: Domestic politics, foreign affairs and economic development; Accession process to the European Union; Relationship with the UK, EU, Middle East and North Africa, Black Sea region, Central Asia and the Caucasus; Increasing geostrategic importance as energy conduit to […]