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Briefing on growing tension in the Eastern Mediterranean

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15 February 2018 The discovery of new natural gas reserves off the coast of Cyprus looks set to fuel further tension in the Eastern Mediterranean     Turkey has become increasingly assertive over maritime claims that form part of long-standing disagreements with the Republic of Cyprus and Greece Tensions have been exacerbated by the discovery […]

Briefing on Turkey’s defence industry

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08 February 2018 Turkey’s intervention against Kurdish militants in Syria is testing the country’s military capabilities and putting a spotlight on its domestic defence industry Operations in Syria are posing a challenge to the Turkish Armed Forces, where they face a complex modern conflict Turkey has struggled to upgrade its military capacity through its traditional […]

Briefing on the domestic impact of Turkey’s ongoing military action in Syria

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01 February 2018 Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Syria is reshaping the country’s domestic politics     ‘Operation Olive Branch’ has won support across Turkey’s polarised political landscape, providing an opportunity for the government to cement its nationalist appeal The increasingly nationalist political consensus has also added to pressure on the government’s opponents, particularly the Peoples’ […]

Briefing on Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria

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25 January 2018 Turkey’s latest military operation in Syria will be defined as much by its diplomatic impact as by its success or failure on the ground   The Turkish Armed Forces face significant obstacles to achieving a decisive victory against the predominantly Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin This is likely to be […]

Briefing on Turkey’s constitutional crisis

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18 January 2018 Turkey is facing a constitutional crisis after several judges refused to comply with a ruling to release two journalists accused of supporting last year’s failed coup Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay remain in state detention despite the constitutional court ruling for their immediate release on January 11 The prominent liberal commentators are […]

Briefing on the growth of Turkish nationalist groups in Europe

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11 January 2018 The attempted shooting of a German-Turkish national has refocused attention on the relationship between the Turkish government and diaspora communities in Europe Deniz Naki, a prominent member of Germany’s Kurdish community, claims he was targeted by far-right Turkish nationalists The incident comes after politicians in Turkey and Germany raised concerns about the […]

Briefing on Turkey and the protests in Iran

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04 January 2018 Protests in Iran have elicited a cautious response in Turkey, where sympathy has given way to geopolitical concerns  Having initially expressed ‘concern’ at recent developments, Turkish government officials are increasingly showing support for their counterparts in Tehran Such support comes in part from a scepticism of popular protest movements and unease at […]

Briefing on Turkey in 2017

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Turkey has experienced a typically eventful year. In our review of 2017, we look at Turkey’s security situation, its changing role in Iraq and Syria, the burgeoning ties with Russia and Iran, the difficulties in its relationship with West, and the future of Turkish politics after the referendum.        * Security Despite beginning 2017 […]

Briefing on the Selahattin Demirtas trial

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14 December 2017 The fate of the Turkey’s second biggest opposition party is closely tied to the trial of its most important figure, Selahattin Demirtas Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is standing trial under Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws The case is part of a wider crackdown on the HDP for alleged links […]

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CEFTUS accredited as London Living Wage employer

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is delighted to announce that it is now accredited as a London Living Wage employer. From January, the Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at CEFTUS, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive the newly revised minimum hourly wage of £10.20. This rate […]

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. […]

Centre for Turkey Studies Funding

The Centre for Turkey studies receives donations from members and supporters as well sponsorship from businesses based in London for its activities. We are thankful for generous support so far provided by members and supporters of the Centre for Turkey Studies amongst the UK’s large Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot communities.  We also organise fundraising […]

Mission

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 […]