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CEFTUS briefing on developments in the Turkish defence industry 

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13 December 2018 Turkey’s defence industry is growing in strategic significance Turkey has stepped up efforts to develop its domestic arms industry with a series of initiatives including a new national space programme The move comes as Turkey seeks to bolster its influence as an independent regional actor, taking a more assertive stance on several […]

CEFTUS briefing on Turkey’s upcoming local elections

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06 December 2018 Political parties have begun to nominate candidates for local elections, a potentially crucial moment for both the government and opposition Turkey’s big cities are set to be strongly contested in March 2019 Here, the ruling Justice and Development Party is turning to its nationalist allies amidst a negotiating economy Unless the opposition […]

CEFTUS briefing on the ECtHR Demirtas ruling

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29 November 2018 The case of imprisoned Selahattin Demirtas encapsulates the fraught nature of Turkey – EU relations Turkey’s detention of Demirtas has been found to be in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights The ruling has potential implications for other imprisoned political figures as well as Turkey’s relationship with the EU Both […]

CEFTUS briefing on the politics of Turkey’s religious authority

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15 November 2018 A dispute involving Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs has highlighted the government’s difficulty in balancing the country’s religious and nationalist currents The head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs has faced calls to resign amid claims he disrespected the country’s secularist founder, Kemal Ataturk The religious authority has long been used for […]

CEFTUS briefing on Turkey and US sanctions on Iran

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08 November 2018 Turkey is unwilling to downgrade ties with Iran even as it seeks to rebuild its relationship with the US Turkey has successfully lobbied to be included among the countries granted a 180-day exemption from US sanctions on Iran Ankara – Tehran relations are underpinned by Turkey’s reliance on Iranian energy imports Turkey […]

CEFTUS briefing on tensions in Turkey’s ruling alliance

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01 November 2018 Amid the focus on the Khashoggi controversy, the Turkish government’s ruling alliance is weakening A recent court decision to overturn the removal of Turkey’s secular-nationalist oath from schools shows the limits of the government’s influence over the judiciary The ruling Justice and Development Party has found itself at odds with its coalition […]