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’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with Friends of Turkey Group in the European Parliament is delighted to invite you to a public forum with Dr Sinan Ulgen, Chairman of the Istanbul based think tank, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and […]

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 […]


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, […]

Baroness Harris of Richmond’s Anniversary Message

“May I congratulate CEFUS on its 5th Anniversary and for the work it does to promote dialogue between the UK  and Turkey. CEFUS plays a crucial role in bringing together the interests of the different communities – Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriots – who have brought such a wonderful cultural, economic and social benefit to […]

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne’s Anniversary Message

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, who has had a long association with Turkey, is delighted to express her support for the Centre for Turkey Studies on the occasion of its 5th Anniversary. “CEFTUS has been responsible for a formidable number of events in these five years. Parliamentarians, academics, journalists, business people and diverse representatives of many […]


Baroness Sarah Ludford

Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP was a Member of the European Parliament, representing London, from 1999 to 2014. She started her career as a UK civil servant, spent 7 years working for the European Commission and 5 years in the City as a European affairs adviser, and was an Islington councillor for 8 years in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our Speakers

Altan Tan MP

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey’s Democratisation and Reform Package and Peaceful Solution to the Kurdish Question’ CEFTUS Insights Interview with Altan Tan, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) MP Mr Altan Tan is a Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) MP for Diyarbakir. Tan’s father Bedii Tan was killed under torture in Diyarbakir Prison following the Military Coup of 12 […]

Nuray Mert

  Nuray Mert Political Scientist and Journalist Westminster Debate ‘Power and Authority‘ Nuray Mert is a well-known journalist and political scientist from Turkey. She is a lecturer at the Department of Economics at University of Istanbul, and writes regular columns for national newspapers on current affairs. She hosted a TV show on current and political […]

Gareth Jenkins

Westminster Debate ‘The Politics of Polarisation: Prospects for Democracy and the Rule of Law in Turkey’ Gareth Jenkins is a writer and analyst based in Istanbul, Turkey, where he has been resident since 1989. In recent years he has focused primarily on analysis, contributing numerous articles, reviews and commentaries to scholarly journals and edited volumes and delivering […]

Professor Fuat Keyman

Professor Fuat Keyman Westminster Debate ‘Turkey’s Path To A New Constitution: Possibilities And Obstacles’ Professor Keyman is a professor of International Relations and director of the Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC) at Sabanci University in Istanbul. As a political commentator, Professor Keyman regularly contributes to Turkey’s newspapers and TV programmes on issues related to Turkey’s domestic […]



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 […]

CEFTUS New Team Meeting

  June 2013 The London based Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) continues to grow. The centre’s new team came together in June to discuss short and long term plans. The Centre for Turkey Studies, with a view to implementing a more institutional structure, has started working together with current and new members of different professions […]


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 […]

CEFTUS 2013-2014 Booklet

  Please click the link below to download the Centre for Turkey Studies 2013-2014 Booklet Download CEFTUS 2013-2014 Booklet Related posts: Dr Pelin Kadercan CEFTUS 3rd Anniversary Interview with Keith Vaz MP CEFTUS 3rd Anniversary Interview with Kenneth Clarke MP CEFTUS 4th Anniversary Gala