Westminster Debates

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

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is pleased to invite you to a public forum with Mr Cenk Sidar, Founder and CEO of Sidar Global Advisors (SGA), a Washington, DC-based global macro research and strategic advisory firm. This event is kindly hosted and chaired by George Howarth MP for Knowsley. Please see speaker biography below. […]

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 […]

Westminster Debate with Can Dundar ‘Quo Vadis Turkiye?’

29 June 2016 House of Commons CEFTUS was pleased to welcome journalist and author Mr Can Dundar to the House of Commons for a talk on the nature of politics in modern Turkey, especially with regards to press freedoms and the EU. Dundar began by talking about the desperate nature of press freedoms in Turkey, […]

Joint Forums

CEFTUS and English PEN Roundtable with Can Dundar

English PEN, in partnership with the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) hosted a roundtable discussion with the leading Turkish editor and journalist Can Dündar on 29 June. Dundar and journalists discussed press freedom and the challenges to freedom of expression in Turkey. Can Dündar is editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet. He is currently appealing a […]

‘Changing Kurdish Dynamics in the Middle East’

CEFTUS and LSE Middle East Centre Joint Forum ‘Changing Kurdish Dynamics in the Middle East’ 19 April 2016 House of Commons The forum was hosted by Labour MP Sharon Hodgson for Washington & Sunderland West. The forum came as the hundred year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement nears. The Sykes-Picot agreement saw the defining of […]

CEFTUS and IPC Istanbul Roundtable Meeting on ‘Post-Election Turkey’

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC)-Sabanci University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative and the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) organised a roundtable meeting entitled “Post-Election Turkey” on Friday, January 15, 2016. The meeting elaborated on Turkey’s domestic dynamics and foreign policy following the last elections. This event was a continuation of two meetings held by IPC and CEFTUS in the British […]

RWCA, CEFTUS and Kurdish Progress Public Forum with HDP Co-Chair Figen Yuksekdag

30 November 2015, House of Commons Our event in partnership with Refugee Workers Cultural Association (RWCA) and the Centre for Kurdish Progress was chaired by Lord William Wallace and Joan Ryan MP for Enfield and was hosted Seema Malhotra MP in the House of Commons. Mrs Figen Yuksekdag’s speech was translated by Andrew Penny. Mrs […]


First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP’s Anniversary Message

“Scotland and Turkey have strong links. Our two countries continue to build our relationship in a number of key areas. In addition to our business links, we also have academic partnerships which exist between Higher Education establishments in Scotland and Turkey. We value the contribution the Turkish community makes to Scotland’s culture and economy. The […]

Turkish News Weekly Briefing 5th-12th September 2016

By Andrew Leech Monday September 12th marked the beginning of Kurban Bayrami (Eid al-Adha) and a 10 day truce in Syria. The truce, brokered by the United States and Russia and announced Saturday was welcomed by Turkey who used the opportunity to send aid to Aleppo and other towns in northern Syria. Nevertheless, in a […]

CEFTUS 5th Anniversary Gala

CEFTUS will be celebrating its fifth 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 and representatives of communities. This […]

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s Anniversary Message

“I would like to send my warmest congratulations to the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) on their 5th anniversary and to the organisation for its vital role in strengthening Anglo-Turkish relations. The British-Turkish community contribute greatly to the social and economic life of the UK and it’s great to see the work of the CEFTUS […]


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 […]

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 […]

Jonathan Fryer

Jonathan Fryer (born 5 June 1950) is a British writer, broadcaster, lecturer and Liberal Democrat politician.He was the LibDem candidate for the constituency of Poplar and Limehouse in the 2010 general election, coming in fourth. Related posts: Keith Vaz MP Diana Johnson MP for Hull North Mustafa Topkaya Cllr Ertan Hurer, Conservative Party

Nick de Bois

Nick de Bois served as Conservative MP for Enfield North from May 2010 to May 2015. Nick’s role in poltics over the last few years has been as Enfield North’s representative in the Conservative Party. Nick first stood for Parliament in Enfield North in 2001. He showed great commitment to Enfield by standing again in […]

Our Speakers

Prof Dr Yaman Akdeniz

Prof Dr Yaman Akdeniz Westminster Debate ‘Freedom of Expression during the EU Accession Process’ Professor of Law, and vice-chancellor, at the Human Rights Law Centre at the Faculty of Law,IstanbulBilgiUniversity. Prof Akdeniz held a position as senior lecturer at theSchool ofLaw at theUniversity ofLeeds until 2009, as well as being a founder and director of Cyber-Rights.org, […]


  DENGIR MIR MEHMET FIRAT Former MP and Deputy Leader of AK Party Westminster Debate ‘Turkey’s Political Reform Process and Its Path to a New Constitution’   Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat was born in 1943 in Adiyaman, Turkey. He studied Law at Ankara University. He worked as a lawyer, farmer and export merchant. He was […]

Banu Guven

Banu Guven  Journalist Westminster Debate ‘Government, Media, Conflict and Peace: Limits to Freedom of Expression in Turkey’ BAnu Guven was born in Istanbul in 1969. Guven holds a BA in International Relations from Istanbul University and an MA in International Relations from Bogazici University, Istanbul. She completed a 3-months internship programme at the United Nations High […]

Atakan Guven

Atakan Guven Joint Forum ‘What the eye doesn’t see: a national discourse on urban intervention, and Istanbul’s changing landscape’ Atakan Guven has over ten years of experience working in the urban policy and intervention field in the UK and the USA. Currently he works as Associate at Space Syntax Ltd, leading on the regional master plan for […]



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 2014-2015 Booklet

Pease click the link below to download the Centre for Turkey Studies 2014-2015 Booklet Download CEFTUS 2014-2015 Booklet       Related posts: CEFTUS New Team Meeting CEFTUS 2013-2014 Booklet CEFTUS now offers internships CEFTUS 4th Anniversary Gala

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. […]

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 […]