Westminster Debates

Westminster Debate, ‘The International Response to the Rohingya Crisis’

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is holding an event to discuss the ongoing persecution of – and humanitarian crisis facing – the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Speakers will include Paul Scully, MP for Sutton and Cheam; Shadow Minister for Justice, Yasmin Qureshi MP; Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillingham and Rainham; Mr. Md. Shafiul Alam First Secretary representing the Bangladesh High […]

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

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is delighted to invite you to a public forum titled ‘The nine factors behind the rise of ISIS: from the USA to Saudi Arabia’ with keynote speaker American-Turkish-Kurdish intellectual and professor of philosophy, Edip Yuksel. This event is kindly hosted by Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland […]

Westminster Debate ‘Suicide among Turkish, Kurdish, Cypriot Diasporas in Europe’

16 October 2017, House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) put on a public forum in the House of Commons on the issue of suicide among the Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot diasporas of Europe. The event was hosted and chaired by Heidi Alexander MP and featured keynote speakers Ozlem Eylem of the Centre […]

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey’s Foreign Policy in Syria and the Kurdish Issue’

10 Oct 2017, House of Commons Cengiz Candar gave a wide ranging talk to guests in Committee Room 9 of the Houses of Parliament, covering Turkey, the Kurdish question and the Syrian conflict. He began by explaining the history of the region and emphasising the close links between Kurds living on both sides of Turkey’s […]

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 […]


Briefing on growing Turkey-Russia relations

16 November 2017 Turkey and Russia continue to deepen their ties, but geopolitical tensions are likely to limit the potential of such a relationship Presidents Putin and Erodgan have met for the fifth time this year at a conference in Sochi where they discussed the joint development of several key energy projects Ankara has also […]

Briefing on Turkey and the Paradise Papers

09 November 2017 The Paradise Papers have caused controversy in Turkey, where the question of economic competence looks set to become a defining political issue Members of the Turkish government, most notably the prime minister, have allegedly been implicated in high-level tax-avoidance schemes Although there are no indications of illegality this, alongside an on-going investigation […]

Briefing on Turkey’s recent military incursion into North Iraq

02 November 2017 Turkish intervention in Iraq comes as the two countries put recent differences aside to focus on their shared interests in the region post-ISIS The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have undertaken a series of operations against Kurdish militants in North Iraq, their most significant action in the country for nearly a decade The […]

Briefing on new reforms to Turkey’s education system

26 October 2017 The polarising topic of education is back on the political agenda in Turkey, with the government and opposition making differing cases for change Turkey’s education system is in need of reform, with the country slipping in international league tables of key subjects The debate on the issue has become highly politicised, highlighting […]


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 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 […]

Winners of the Turkish, Kurdish & Turkish Cypriot Community Achievement Awards 2017

The winners of the Community Achievement Awards 2017 CEFTUS Appreciation Award Cengiz Candar   Businesswomen of the Year Award Yildiz Jasmine Armstrong Itir Sokmen   Businessmen of the Year Award Mehmet Sar Alp Ceylan Nasir Kiral   Law Awards Ozlem Erbil Cetin Ozan Askin     Role Models of the Year Awards   Helin Pekoz […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s CEFTUS 6th Anniversary Video Message

The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP, was unable to attend the 6th anniversary CEFTUS gala on 8th October 2017. He kindly sent a video message of support:   (36) Related posts: Jeremy Corbyn’s 6th Anniversary Message Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn’s Anniversary Message Mark Field MP’s 6th Anniversary Message Mayor Sadiq […]

Afzal Khan MP’s 6th Anniversary Message

“Firstly, let me congratulate you on your 6th anniversary and on your tremendous record of activity over this short period. The Centre for Turkey Studies provides a critical platform for engaging with minority communities of Turkish origins in the UK and for the deepening of ties between the UK and Turkey. Migrant communities from around the […]


Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci

Ibrahim Sirkeci is Ria Financial Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing and the Director of the Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS) at Regent’s University London (UK). He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University (Turkey). Prior to joining […]

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 […]

Caroline Flint MP

Caroline Flint, Member of Parliament for Don Valley since 1997, lives near her constituency, in Sprotbrough village, with her husband Phil Cole.  They have three children, now adults.  Her children all went to school in Doncaster. Caroline has been a member of the Labour party since 1979.  She is one of Labour’s best known parliamentarians and frequently […]

Dr Tunc Aybak

  Dr Tunc Aybak is currently the director of International Politics Programme at School of Law, Middlesex University. He graduated from School of Political Science, Ankara University in International Relations and Diplomacy. He completed his PhD at the University of Hull in International law and Politics. He teaches on BA International Politics and MA International […]



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 […]

CEFTUS 2011-2012 Booklet

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CEFTUS now offers internships

Internships The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) offers internships throughout the year for people who are interested in gaining practical experience in relations between Turkey and the UK. Internships offered are in areas of communications, events organisation, press relations, fundraising and research. Duration and schedule of internships are designed according to availability and skills of candidates. […]

CEFTUS 2014-2015 Booklet

Please click the link below to download the Centre for Turkey Studies 2014-2015 Booklet Download CEFTUS 2014-2015 Booklet       (271) Related posts: CEFTUS 2013-2014 Booklet CEFTUS now offers internships CEFTUS 4th Anniversary Gala CEFTUS 5th Anniversary Video