Westminster Debates

‘Bridges between Turkey and UK: From Immigration to Integration’

The Centre for Turkey Studies is pleased to invite you to a CEFTUS Westminster Debate with keynote speaker Keith Vaz MP, former Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1999-2001) and Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee since 2007. Other speakers on the panel include Ms Maria Patsalos, an immigration lawyer, Mrs Aysegul Yesildaglar, former […]

CEFTUS Westminster Debate ‘New World: New Perspective on Civilisations’

  24 June 2015, House of Lords The Centre for Turkey Studies hosted a Westminster Debate with keynote speaker Professor Dr Bekir Karliga, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey, Coordinator of Alliance of Civilisations, and Chairman of the International Istanbul Civilisation Studies Centre. This debate was kindly hosted by Lord Sheikh with the […]

CEFTUS Roundtable “Understanding the Transformation; AK Party Era in Turkey”

  27 March 2015, House of Lords The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) hosted a roundtable with Mr Etyen Mahcupyan on the transformation of Turkey over the last decade. Lord Howell of Guildford kindly hosted and chaired this roundtable discussion in the House of Lords. Mr Etyen Mahcupyan in his opening remarks detailed the political reforms […]

CEFTUS Westminster Debate “Structural Changes Ahead of the 2015 General Elections in Turkey”

  23 February 2015, House of Commons Only three months to go before the General Elections in Turkey, members of the ruling AK Party (Justice and Development Party) shared their analyses on the current developments including the controversial homeland security bill and structural changes after the election such as adopting a new constitution and a […]

Joint Forums

CEFTUS and RUSI Roundtable with Prof Istar Gozaydin

‘June 2015 General Elections and Turbulence in Politics of Turkey’ The Centre for Turkey Studies is pleased to invite you to a CEFTUS and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) joint roundtable with Prof Istar Gozaydin, a well-known professor of law and politics. Please see her biography below. Prof Gozaydin will analyse the recent political developments […]

CEFTUS Joint Forum ‘Kurds in Syria: From Denial Toward Self-ruled Governance Model’

  25 March 2015 House of Commons The Centre for Turkey Studies in partnership with the Centre for Kurdish Progress held a public forum with keynote speaker Salih Muslim, co-chair of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the House of Commons. Hosted by John Woodcock Labour MP for Knowsley, the forum’s other speakers were […]

CEFTUS Joint Forum ‘Experience of Women in Contemporary Turkey’

  23 March 2015, Portcullis House The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with SOAS Turkish Society organised a timely debate on gender equality and violence against women with keynote speaker Professor Binnaz Toprak, People’s Republican Party (CHP) MP for Istanbul. Other speakers of the panel were Ms Arwa Ibrahim of Middle East Eye […]

Joint Forum ‘Kobane Resistance and the future of Peace Process in Turkey’

  18 November 2014, Portcullis House Hosted by Fabian Hamilton Labour MP for Leeds North East, keynote speaker of this Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the Centre for Kurdish Progress Joint Forum was Mr Ertugrul Kurkcu Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for Mersin. Wayne David Labour MP for Caerphilly kindly chaired the debate. Mr Ertugrul Kurkcu began his […]


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. […]

2015 Anniversary Message from Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

“The UK and Turkey continue to enjoy a strong bilateral relationship, underpinned by 2010 ‘Strategic Partnership’ agreement. Turkey is Europe’s Emerging Power, an important NATO ally and a valued security partner to the UK. We work closely with Turkey on a range of foreign policy challenges in the Middle East, most notably on addressing the […]

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 […]

Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot Community Achievement Awards 2015

CEFTUS is preparing for its fourth Community Achievement Awards. The awards ceremony, which will take place as part of our Anniversary Gala, will celebrate the work of Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot community members in Britain. The event will be hosted in London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on 28 October 2015. The Community Achievement Awards was […]


Dr Katerina Dalacoura

  Dr Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously worked at the University of Essex and at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Her main areas of expertise are in: human rights, democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East; political Islam; and […]

Dr Pelin Kadercan

  Pelin Kadercan is a Lecturer at Brown University, Providence, US. She specializes in Modern European and Middle Eastern history in a global context with a particular focus on modern Germany and Turkey and international human rights. Pelin completed her Ph.D. in History at the University of Rochester, NY and holds a B.A. degree from […]

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 […]

Professor Fuat Keyman

E. FUAT KEYMAN is professor of International Relations at Sabancı University/İstanbul. He is also the director of Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) at Sabancı University. He works on democratization, globalization, international relations, civil society, Turkish politics and foreign policy, and Turkey-EU relations. He has produced many books and articels, both in English and in Turkish, in […]

Our Speakers

Salih Muslim

  CEFTUS Joint Forum ‘Kurds in Syria: From Denial Toward Self-ruled Governance Model’ Mr Saleh Muslim is the co-president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Deputy General Coordinator of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria (NCB). Mr Muslim’s political activities on behalf of the collective rights of Syria’s […]

Dr Kerem Altiparmak

Dr Kerem Altiparmak Westminster Debate ‘Freedom of Expression during the EU Accession Process’ Altiparmak is currently the Director of the Human Rights Centre at the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University where he teaches human rights law. He has worked with a number of human rights NGO’s inTurkey. At present Dr Altiparmak is working […]

Guney Yildiz

  Westminster Debate ‘The Politics of Polarisation: Prospects for Democracy and the Rule of Law in Turkey’ Guney Yildiz is a Broadcast Journalist with the BBC World Service where he covers international news and current affairs specialising in Turkey and the Kurds. He has published articles and provided expert opinion on Turkey and the Kurds for […]


  BEJAN MATUR Columnist of daily Zaman, Poet Westminster Debate ‘Democratisation and Political Reforms in Turkey’   Bejan Matur is an author and columnist from Turkey, and has since 2005 been writing for Zaman. Bejan studied law at Ankara University, although taking a keen interest in poetry during her time at Ankara University, and has since […]


Support CEFTUS Events on Crowdfunder

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS), as a not-for-profit organisation, would like to organise future Debates and Community Gatherings where anyone interested in Turkey may benefit. CEFTUS is a civil society organisation and we would like to do more of what we have done so far; organise debates and community gatherings with keynote speakers from […]


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 […]


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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 […]