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Westminster Debate ‘Turkey’s place in the world: Anchored in the west or drifting east?’

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey’s place in the world: Anchored in the west or drifting east?’


The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is pleased to invite you to a Westminster Debate with Yavuz Baydar and Cengiz Candar on Turkey’s place in the world.

This event is kindly hosted by Hugh Gaffney, Labour MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.

The event will take place between 7-9PM on Tuesday, 16th of October 2018 in Committee Room 5, the Houses of Parliament.

Please note that security checks are required to enter the House of Commons, we kindly ask you to arrive at 6.30PM, allowing the event to start and end promptly on time.

The recent resurgence of nationalist politics looks set to have implications for Turkey’s public- discourse in both the short and the long-term, raising growing questions in the EU over the country’s continued commitment to liberal rights and freedoms. At the same time, tension with NATO over Syria looks set to come to a head amid profound differences over the country’s future and Turkey’s ever-closer embrace of Russia as a strategic partner in the conflict.

In this panel discussion, Yavuz Baydar and Cengiz Candar will analyse these developments, putting them into context at both a domestic and international level.


Yavuz Baydar is the Editor-in-Chief of Ahval, a trilingual independent online news site focused on Turkey. He has worked as a news producer and reporter for the BBC World Service, the Swedish Radio & TV Corp, and Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. He has received several awards for his journalism, including the prestigious 2018 ‘Journalistenpreis’ from the South East Europe Association in Munich, and the 2017 Morris B Abram Human Rights Award from UN Watch. In 2014, he was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he undertook research on state oppression and threats to journalism in Turkey. He has lived in exile since the crackdown on media freedom following the July 2016 coup attempt.

Cengiz Candar is Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and is one of the region’s most experienced journalists, having worked for a number of Turkish media outlets. He has also served as a special advisor to former Turkish president Turgut Özal, lectured at Bilgi University in İstanbul and completed scholarships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the United States Institute of Peace. Currently, he is an Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs.



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