Westminster Debates

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. […]

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey at the Crossroads: How to overcome Challenges?’

18 October 2016 House of Commons Hosted by George Howarth, Labour MP for Knowsley , the keynote speaker of this CEFTUS Westminster Debate was Mr Cenk Sidar, Founder and CEO of Sidar Global Advisors, a Washington DC-based global macro research and strategic advisory firm. George Howarth MP opened the event by discussing the momentous events that have […]

Westminster Debate with Ece Temelkuran ‘Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy’

12 September 2016 House of Commons In a Westminster debate hosted by John Woodcock MP, the award-winning journalist and novelist Ece Temelkuran spoke to a large audience about her new book, ‘Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy’. Sharing a personal account of her family history, Ms Temelkuran discussed current affairs – including the tumultuous aftermath […]

‘Turkey’s Coup of 15th July: Unity in the Midst of Crisis?’

31 August 2016, SOAS The Centre for Turkey Studies was glad to welcome Dr Ciddi to London for a talk on the post-coup consensus in Turkey, now that well over a month has elapsed since that event. The event was kindly chaired by Bill Park of King’s College. Dr Ciddi began by presenting the coup […]

Joint Forums

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) […]

CEFTUS, TASAM and RUSI Roundtable: Turkey, Britain and EU Policies on 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. Invitation to a private roundtable with AK Party MP for Ankara, and Chair of Defence and […]


Briefing on Turkey’s struggling economy and political repercussions

With a struggling currency, President Erdogan’s striking move to call on Turkish citizens to convert dollars to lira demonstrates the political gains at stake in the success of the Turkish economy. The Turkish lira recently sank to below 3.5 to the dollar, its weakest level in over 10 years, which could lead to further inflation […]

Briefing on Turkey’s Incursion into Syria

Turkey’s incursion into Syria has radically changed the dynamic of the conflict and an end to the conflict in its current configuration might now be in sight. Russia has made little objection to Turkey’s incursion into Syria, allowing Ankara to carve out a chunk of territory for its proxies. This could mark the end of […]

Briefing on the MHP and the Presidential System

In exchange for supporting President Erdogan’s ambition to introduce a new constitution to Turkey featuring a president with executive powers, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has been able to steer government policy towards a more hard line nationalist agenda, concerning potentially Turkish territorial ambitions in Iraq and Syria. Erdogan’s quasi alliance with the MHP promises […]

Briefing on Turkey, Syria and the Trump Presidency

Bottom line up front: The Trump presidency offers a chance to narrow the distance that has grown between Washington and Ankara over the last years, while also likely to impact Turkey’s engagements in Syria and the geo-political order in Turkey’s region. Trump has signalled he will take a more bullish and transactional approach in the Middle […]


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 […]

Freedom of the Press during Turkey’s Accession to the EU

Caglar Ezikoglu “The press is free, and shall not be censored. The establishment of a printing house shall not be subject to prior permission or the deposit of a financial guarantee. The state shall take the necessary measures to ensure the freedom of the press and freedom of information.” These sentences came from the Turkish […]


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 […]

Angus Robertson SNP MP’s Anniversary Message

“As a forum for debate and discussion, I welcome the work of The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in deepening understanding of Turkey and its relationship with the UK. Fast moving political events in Turkey and the surrounding region serve to increase focus on these relationships and highlight the importance of understanding the political, social, […]


Gareth Winrow

Gareth M. Winrow is currently an independent research analyst and consultant based in Oxford. He is also presently a tutor at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education. He has worked in Turkey for twenty years where he was a Professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. A recipient of two NATO […]

Sir David Amess MP

Sir David was born in Plaistow, in the East End of London on the 26 March 1952 to a small working class family. He attended St Bonaventure’s Grammar School, now St Bonaventure’s Catholic Comprehensive school. Sir David went on to Bournemouth College of Technology where he earned a BSc with Honours in Economics and Government. […]

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, […]

Dr Sinan Ciddi

Dr Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science. Ciddi continues to author scholarly articles, opinion pieces and book chapters on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy, as […]

Our Speakers

Faik Tunay MP

CEFTUS Westminster Debate : ‘The Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Political Outlook in the ‘New Turkey” Mr Faik Tunay is a Member of Parliament for the Republican People’s Party (CHP). He also holds the post of councillor for Sisli Municipality, Istanbul, a post he was elected to in 2009, and is the youngest ever person to […]

Lord Sheikh

Lord Sheikh Westminster Debate ‘Foreign Policy of Turkey during the EU Accession’ Chairman and Director of Iqra Ethical plc (Islamic and ethical insurances & financial services) and Macmillan Sheikh plc (Conventional insurances & financial services) which have offices in Westminster, London. In addition he is the Chairman of two successful property companies. Lord Sheikh was elevated […]

Prof Dr Mehmet Altan

Westminster Debate ‘Ergenekon and the Other Side of the Story’ Prof. Dr. Mehmet Altan is an academic, economist, journalist, and author of over 25 books. Altan holds a BA in economics from Istanbul University (1979) and MA and Ph.D. from Sorbonne University (1979-1984). He studied the relations between Turkey and IMF and Turkey’s relations with the […]

Kadri Gursel

Kadri Gursel Columnist Westminster Debate ‘Syria and Turkey’s Foreign Policy’ Columnist for Turkish daily Milliyet since 2007. His main focuses are Turkish foreign policy, international affairs, Turkey’s Kurdish question, as well as Turkey’s evolving political Islam and its national and regional impacts. (48) Related posts: Dr Ayla Gol Prof Binnaz Toprak MP Dr Ipek Demir Dr Dogus […]


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CEFTUS 4th Anniversary Gala

We are very excited that CEFTUS will be celebrating its fourth anniversary this year. Our anniversary event will mark success of our work so far and will raise funds to carry out our future projects. Our anniversary celebrations in previous years welcome members of parliaments of UK and Turkey, London councillors, academics, journalists, business people […]