Westminster Debates

Westminster Debate ‘Politics, Media and Law in Turkey, Under the State of Emergency’

07 February 2018 House of Commons the Centre for Turkey Studies hosted Yavuz Baydar in Committee Room 10 for a discussion on domestic developments in Turkey. Baydar, a veteran journalist who has recently helped to found the Ahval news organisation, spoke eloquently about recent Turkish history and what he called a dramatic reversal in the […]

Westminster Debate ‘Elections in Cyprus and the Future of Cyprus Talks’

16 January 2018, House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) hosted Dr James Ker-Lindsay, Professor of Politics and Policy at St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Ilker Kilich, former Republican Turkish Party (CTP) UK President, in the House of Commons for a discussion on what elections in the north and south of Cyprus mean […]

Westminster Debate ‘The International Response to the Rohingya Crisis’

29 November 2017, House of Commons Turkey has been deeply involved in the international aid effort for the Rohingya, and on 7 September, Turkey’s foreign aid agency became the first foreign outfit to deliver an initial shipment of 1000 tonnes of basic food and medicine to Rohingya areas. Meanwhile, Turkish officials have visited the refugee camps […]

Westminster Debate: ‘The nine factors behind the rise of ISIS: from the USA to Saudi Arabia’

27 November 2017, House of Commons   The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) held a public forum entitled ‘The nine factors behind the rise of ISIS: from the USA to Saudi Arabia’ with keynote speaker Edip Yuksel, American-Turkish-Kurdish intellectual and professor of philosophy. The event was kindly hosted by Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington […]

Joint Forums

Joint Forum with Mustafa Akinci, Turkish Cypriot Leader

This event has now been postponed due to Mr Akinci’s busy schedule during his visit to London.  The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with the Turkish Cypriot Community Association is pleased to invite you to a public forum with His Excellency Mr Mustafa Akinci, Turkish Cypriot Leader. This event is kindly hosted by […]

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 […]

Briefings

Briefing on growing tension in the Eastern Mediterranean

15 February 2018 The discovery of new natural gas reserves off the coast of Cyprus looks set to fuel further tension in the Eastern Mediterranean     Turkey has become increasingly assertive over maritime claims that form part of long-standing disagreements with the Republic of Cyprus and Greece Tensions have been exacerbated by the discovery […]

Briefing on Turkey’s defence industry

08 February 2018 Turkey’s intervention against Kurdish militants in Syria is testing the country’s military capabilities and putting a spotlight on its domestic defence industry Operations in Syria are posing a challenge to the Turkish Armed Forces, where they face a complex modern conflict Turkey has struggled to upgrade its military capacity through its traditional […]

Briefing on the domestic impact of Turkey’s ongoing military action in Syria

01 February 2018 Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Syria is reshaping the country’s domestic politics     ‘Operation Olive Branch’ has won support across Turkey’s polarised political landscape, providing an opportunity for the government to cement its nationalist appeal The increasingly nationalist political consensus has also added to pressure on the government’s opponents, particularly the Peoples’ […]

Briefing on Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria

25 January 2018 Turkey’s latest military operation in Syria will be defined as much by its diplomatic impact as by its success or failure on the ground   The Turkish Armed Forces face significant obstacles to achieving a decisive victory against the predominantly Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin This is likely to be […]


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

Why Turkey is attacking US-backed force in northern Syria | ITV News

Watch Founder and Director of the Centre for Turkey Studies Ibrahim Dogus’ analysis on ITV news on 22 Jan 2018.   A new military campaign by Turkey inside northern Syria is threatening to pull apart the very alliances that helped drive Islamic State out of the area. Turkey has long warned it will not tolerate […]

CEFTUS accredited as London Living Wage employer

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is delighted to announce that it is now accredited as a London Living Wage employer. From January, the Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at CEFTUS, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive the newly revised minimum hourly wage of £10.20. This rate […]

CEFTUS is seeking a new Coordinator

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) founded in 2011 with the support of former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is seeking a new Coordinator to help with administrative tasks and event organisation, and to provide some research assistance. CEFTUS, which celebrated its 6th anniversary in October 2017, organises public forums and roundtable events, fundraising and networking receptions […]

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 […]


Advisors

Kate Osamor MP

  Kate Osamor is a British Labour Co-operative politician. She has been the Member of Parliament for Edmonton since May 2015. She has lived in north London her whole life. She has worked for the NHS for over 15 years, worked as a GP Practice Manager at an Enfield GP Surgery. Her son was born […]

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 […]

Zeynep Banu Dalaman

  Dr Zeynep Banu Dalaman is a sociologist and a political scientist. She graduated from the department of Sociology at Bogazici University (1994) and started her political career while she was assisting to Prof. Dr. Nilüfer Göle. She has participated in several political activities for many years and performed many important fieldworks. She accomplished her MA in […]

Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

Ambassador James F. Jeffrey retired from the Foreign Service with the rank of Career Ambassador in June 2012. At present he is the Philip Solondz distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Visiting Instructor at George Washington University, consultant, and member of the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. Ambassador […]

 

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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 2013-2014 Booklet

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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 […]

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 […]