Westminster Debates

Westminster Debate ‘Referendum in Turkey’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is pleased to invite you to a public forum with Mr Erdogan Aydin, a Writer and National Delegate of Human Rights Association of Turkey on 27 March 2017. This event is kindly hosted and chaired by Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington. Please see speaker biography […]

Westminster Debate ‘The Fundamental Sociological Conflict of Turkey’s Political Regime’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is pleased to invite you to 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) on 30th March 2017. This event is kindly hosted by Virenda Sharma […]

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey and the EU: Cooperation and Conflict’

8 March 2017 House of Commons  This CEFTUS Westminster Debate was kindly hosted by James Gray, Conservative MP of North Whiltshire. The event was chaired by Bill Park of King’s College. The Keynote speaker was Dr. Senem Aydin-Duzgit, Senior Scholar and the Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator at Istanbul Policy Centre and an Associate Professor […]

Westminster Debate ‘The Cyprus Issue: Cyprus Reunification Talks’

8 February 2017 House of Lords This CEFTUS Westminster Debate was kindly chaired and hosted by Lord Hannay. Keynote speakers were Dr Erol Kaymak, the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Eastern Mediterranean University and Dr Michalis Attalides, who was Rector of the University of Nicosia until 1 April 2016 and […]

Joint Forums

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

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) is pleased to invite you to a public forum with Dr Bill Kissane, a political scientist and historian, and Associate Professor in Politics at the London School of Economics on 13th April 2017. Please see speaker biography below. […]

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

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the King’s College London Diplomacy Society are pleased to invite you to a public forum with Dr Gulcin Ozkan, Professor of Economics at the University of York and Dr Katerina Dalacoura,  Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on 4th […]

Roundtable with Dr Can Paker

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) will be holding a roundtable event with Dr Can Paker, Chairman of the Board at Inovent, a Board Member at Akbank, and a founding member and chair of  PODEM (Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies) on 30th March 2017. Please see speaker biography below. This event will be […]

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, spoke at a CEFTUS Roundtable on Turkey’s turbulent past year and its implications for the country’s future. The discussion, chaired by CEFTUS advisor Dr Gareth Winrow, covered both domestic and international concerns. The […]


Briefing on Turkey’s security zone in Syria

Turkey would like to expand the security zone it has successfully established in Northern Syria, after removing Islamic State from al-Bab, but its options appear limited. Turkey has successfully removed Islamic State forces from all areas in Syria along its border, creating a security zone in Northern Syria, which it would like to expand. However, […]

Briefing on women in Turkey

By some measures, the situation of women in Turkey has improved significantly over the last 10 years, but significant obstacles still exist to women’s advancement and parity, a significant issue not just from an ethical standpoint but also with respect to Turkey’s ongoing transformation into a developed and leading world economy. Since 2004, Turkey has […]

Briefing on Barzani’s Ankara visit

The flying of the Kurdish flag ahead of the President of the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq Masoud Barzani’s visit to Ankara last weekend holds implications for the governing AKP’s attitude to the Kurdish question both domestically and abroad. The Kurdish flag was flown to greet Barzani on his arrival to Istanbul, a first for […]

Briefing on recent Turkish-Iranian tensions

The recent war of words between Turkey and Iran parallels their simmering proxy conflict, whose intensity is steadily increasing as the two vie for regional influence. Iran’s thinly veiled threats to Turkey’s presence in Iraq and Syria, met with an unflinching response from Turkey, comes as an emboldened Iran seeks to curb Turkey’s ambition. Turkey […]


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 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 […]


Dr Pelin Kadercan

  Pelin Kadercan is a Lecturer at Brown University, Providence, US. She specializes in Modern European and Middle Eastern history in a global context with a particular focus on modern Germany and Turkey and international human rights. Pelin completed her Ph.D. in History at the University of Rochester, NY and holds a B.A. degree from […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Our Speakers

Dr Ipek Demir

Dr Ipek Demir Westminster Debate ‘London’s Kurdish and Turkish communities: How Do They Relate to Britain and to Turkey?’ Dr Ipek Demir is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. Before joining Leicester she taught social sciences at the Universities of Sussex, Cambridge, and Open University. Dr Demir received her BA from Siyasal Bilgiler Fakultesi, […]

Atakan Guven

Atakan Guven Joint Forum ‘What the eye doesn’t see: a national discourse on urban intervention, and Istanbul’s changing landscape’ Atakan Guven has over ten years of experience working in the urban policy and intervention field in the UK and the USA. Currently he works as Associate at Space Syntax Ltd, leading on the regional master plan for […]

Lord Maurice Glasman

Joint Forum “The Crisis in Iraq: Unexpected Alliances, Western Intervention and the Kurdistan Question” Lord Maurice Glasman is a Labour Life Peer, as well as a member of Private Bills Select Committee in the House of Lords. (57) Related posts: Bayan Sami Adbul Rahman Lord Clement-Jones Jason McCartney MP Ertugrul Kurkcu

Dr Zeynep Karahan Uslu MP

  CEFTUS Westminster Debate “Structural Changes Ahead of the 2015 General Elections in Turkey” Dr Zeynep Karahan Uslu is Justice and Development Party (AK Party) MP for Sanliurfa. Dr Uslu has a BA in Journalism and Public Relations from Istanbul University, an MA and a PhD in Public Relations and Publicity from Istanbul University (1998). […]


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, […]