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Briefing on Turkey’s referendum and the future of Turkish politics

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The results of the referendum reflect shifts in Turkey’s political landscape and raise new questions, meaning a respite from political uncertainty seems unlikely. Turkey’s opposition party has raised questions over the legitimacy of the result of Sunday’s vote, meaning the issue of the referendum may continue for some time. While the government appears to have […]

Briefing on Turkey, Russia and Syria

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Turkey’s immediate show of support for the recent US strike in Syria on government forces may have damaged its relations with Russia, demonstrating the balancing act Turkey must play between the two powers. • Turkey’s recent relative quiet about removing Assad was interpreted as a concession to Russia, but its response to the US strike […]

Policy Brief Launch Event and Joint Forum: ‘What Is at Stake in the Turkish Constitutional Referendum?’

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13 April 2017, Unite the Union The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with the Oxford-based Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) hosted a public forum with Dr Bill Kissane, a political scientist and historian, and Associate Professor in Politics at the London School of Economics. The event, held at the headquarters of Unite […]

Roundtable with Pieter Cleppe ‘Referendum Result: Turkey-EU Relations’

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The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) will be holding an exclusive roundtable event with Pieter Cleppe, the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe on 25th April 2017. Please see speaker biography below. The event will take place between 4-5PM on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 in Waterloo. Please email us on info@ceftus.org to register […]

Joint Forum ‘Referendum Result and Future for Freedom of Expression in Turkey’

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The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and Index on Censorship are pleased to invite you to a public forum with Special Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Guney Yildiz, award-winning Turkish-British technologist Alp Toker and Index on Censorship’s Head of Advocacy Melody Patry on 20th April 2017. Please see speaker biographies below. This event […]

Joint Forum ‘After Turkey’s referendum what hopes for a Cyprus Settlement?’

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The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the Friends of Cyprus are pleased to invite you to a public forum with keynote speaker Sener Elcil, General Secretary of KTOS, the Turkish Cypriot Primary Teachers Trade Union. Please see speaker biography below. This event is kindly hosted by Fabian Hamilton, Labour MP for Leeds North East. […]

Suicide and mental health issues among Turkish-speaking communities in Europe

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Suicide rates among Turkish-speaking populations in Europe are often higher than the among the general population. For example, young women of Turkish descent in Germany are more than five times more likely to attempt suicide than German native women, with similar figures found in the Netherlands and Switzerland. In the UK, systematic data showing suicide rates in […]

Special Briefing, Kurdish Affairs, March 2017

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The March 2017 Kurdish Affairs Special Briefing explored tensions between Kurdish groups and between these groups and other actors in the four countries of focus. It also looked at broader regional tensions and how these have impacted Kurdish affairs. The Centre for Turkey Studies research team spoke with key actors and insider sources to develop our insights into events […]

Briefing on the ‘no’ campaign and the CHP

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The CHP campaign against the proposed changes to the constitution has received both praise and criticism, and sheds light on the current state of the party and its ambitions. The CHP leadership has laid out instructions to its campaigners, including using positive rhetoric, for its ‘no’ campaign against the proposed changes to the constitution. Both […]

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