Westminster Debates

Westminster Debate ‘Turkish-Israeli Relations’

  25 April 2018 House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) hosted Dr Louis Fishman in Committee Room 9 of the Houses of Parliament for a discussion on Turkey-Israel relations. Dr Fishman is a professor of Modern Middle East History at Brooklyn College, University of New York. This event was kindly hosted by […]

Westminster Debate ‘Changes to Ankara Agreement Visa Applications’

  24 April 2018 House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies held a panel discussion of legal experts focusing on recent changes to applications for visas under the so-called ‘Ankara Agreement’ in Committee Room 10 of the Houses of Parliament. The event was kindly hosted by Sir David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend and […]

Book Launch ‘The Passion: Football and the Story of Modern Turkey’

3 April 2018 Unite the Union Book Launch with Patrick Keddie ‘The Passion: Football and the Story of Modern Turkey’ The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) hosted Istanbul-based journalist Patrick Keddie in the Diskus Room of Unite House for the launch of his new book, ‘The Passion: Football and the Story of Modern Turkey’ on […]

Westminster Debate ‘The Business of Food in Turkey and the Modern World’

Due to unforseen circumstances, this event has now been postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is pleased to invite you to a public forum with successful entrepreneur Cuneyt Asan, founder and partner of Gunaydin Group, one of Turkey’s largest and best known restaurant chains and meat suppliers. This event is kindly […]

Joint Forums

CEFTUS and RUSI Roundtable with Dr Louis Fishman ‘Turkish-Israeli Relations’

26 April 2018 RUSI The Centre for Turkey Studies and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) held an exclusive roundtable with Dr Louis Fishman on Turkish-Israeli Relations. This exclusive roundtable was kindly chaired by Michael Stephens, Research Fellow for Middle East Studies and Head of RUSI Qatar. Dr Louis Fishman is an assistant professor of Modern […]

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. […]


Briefing on Turkey-UK relations

17 May 2018 Relations between Turkey and the UK are growing ever closer, with trade topping the agenda for both countries Turkey and the UK are forging a closer relationship as they each loosen ties with the EU Central to this is growing bilateral trade, most notably a series of defence deals Closer ties have […]

Briefing on Turkey’s role in Afrin

10 May 2018 Afrin is set to become a crucial test case for Turkey’s role in the future of Syria Afrin is being transformed through integration with neighbouring Turkish municipalities and the resettlement of large numbers of people Turkey has already taken similar steps to consolidate its influence in other areas of Syria, with mixed […]

Full Briefing on the Ankara Agreement and the status of Turkish nationals in the UK

30 April 2018 The British government has substantially impeded Turkish citizens from securing indefinite leave to remain in the UK The Ankara Agreement had previously provided a route to permanent residence for Turkish nationals who set-up businesses in the UK Applications for indefinite leave to remain have now been suspended following a ruling by the […]

Briefing on the political implications of early elections in Turkey

26 April 2018 Early elections further increase the likelihood of a Justice and Development Party victory under the new presidential system The presidential and parliamentary elections have been brought forward amid concerns over the economy and the future of an on-going military intervention in Syria The move is likely to benefit the ruling Justice and […]


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 […]


Rt Hon George Howarth MP’s Message for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

“Please keep up the good work which is so important to the good order and stability of the region.” George Howarth, Labour MP for Knowsley (4) Related posts: Nicola Sturgeon MSP’s 6th Anniversary Message Mark Field MP’s 6th Anniversary Message Afzal Khan MP’s 6th Anniversary Message Baroness Harris of Richmond’s Message for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

Baroness Harris of Richmond’s Message for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

“I send CEFTUS my very best wishes for another fantastic event – and thank you for the excellent work you do bringing your communities together and enabling us all to work towards a peaceful future. We are living in very difficult times and we must do all we can to ensure the voices of reason […]

The Rt Hon. the Lord Wallace of Saltaire’s Message for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

“I continue to find CEFTUS an invaluable source of expertise and information on developments within Turkey and its relations with its neighbours, as well as a window into the UK’s own Turkish community.” Lord William Wallace, Liberal Democrat Peer (8) Related posts: Nicola Sturgeon MSP’s 6th Anniversary Message Mark Field MP’s 6th Anniversary Message Joan […]

Sir David Amess MP’s Message for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

“I applaud the work of the Centre for Turkey Studies. There is no doubt at all that they are well regarded among Parliamentarians. For my own part I had the privilege of visiting Turkey in March this year and met Ministers and high ranking officials. I was struck by how much our two countries have […]


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 […]

Rusen Cakir

  Rusen Cakir is senior correspondent for the Turkish daily Vatan and editor of Metis Publishing’s Black and White Book Series, which promotes the work of investigative journalists. Since 1985, he has served with prominent newspapers and television outlets such as Nokta, Tempo, Cumhuriyet, Milliyet, CNN-Turk, and NTV. His publications (all in Turkish) include Neither […]

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 […]

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 […]




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CEFTUS is seeking a new Adminstrator

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS)  is seeking a new Administrator to help with administrative tasks and event organisation. CEFTUS, which celebrated its 6th anniversary in October 2017, organises public forums and roundtable events, fundraising and networking receptions and awards ceremonies. CEFTUS conducts research projects, closely follows regional politics, and seeks to provide a bridge between […]

CEFTUS 5 Year Review

Click here to download ceftus-2011-2016-review     (219) Related posts: CEFTUS 2013-2014 Booklet