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Briefing on Turkey’s security zone in Syria

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Turkey would like to expand the security zone it has successfully established in Northern Syria, after removing Islamic State from al-Bab, but its options appear limited. Turkey has successfully removed Islamic State forces from all areas in Syria along its border, creating a security zone in Northern Syria, which it would like to expand. However, […]

Briefing on women in Turkey

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By some measures, the situation of women in Turkey has improved significantly over the last 10 years, but significant obstacles still exist to women’s advancement and parity, a significant issue not just from an ethical standpoint but also with respect to Turkey’s ongoing transformation into a developed and leading world economy. Since 2004, Turkey has […]

Briefing on Barzani’s Ankara visit

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The flying of the Kurdish flag ahead of the President of the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq Masoud Barzani’s visit to Ankara last weekend holds implications for the governing AKP’s attitude to the Kurdish question both domestically and abroad. The Kurdish flag was flown to greet Barzani on his arrival to Istanbul, a first for […]

Briefing on recent Turkish-Iranian tensions

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The recent war of words between Turkey and Iran parallels their simmering proxy conflict, whose intensity is steadily increasing as the two vie for regional influence. Iran’s thinly veiled threats to Turkey’s presence in Iraq and Syria, met with an unflinching response from Turkey, comes as an emboldened Iran seeks to curb Turkey’s ambition. Turkey […]

Briefing on Turkey’s Syria campaign’s new objectives

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Turkey has stated an expanded and clear objective for its campaign in Syria of creating a security zone within the country, including Islamic State-controlled Raqqa. Ankara has stated it is committing to a longer operation in Syria and potentially a long-term presence. This statement mean Turkey has reached understandings with key stakeholders, and that the […]

Briefing on German-Turkish relations

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Chancellor Merkel’s actions during her visit to Turkey were largely guided by concerns about her domestic popularity, giving Turkey a level of leverage which belies the two countries’ trade imbalance. • With elections this year and Merkel losing ground to the far right, her priority on this visit was to show she is maintaining Turkey’s […]

Briefing on Turkey’s security approach after Astana

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The peace talks in Astana have given Turkey greater room for activity in Syria but also tie Turkey more firmly to that conflict. While neither the regime nor rebel groups appear to have changed their approach significantly following the Astana talks, Turkey has become a guarantor country. This sets clearer terms for Turkey’s engagement in […]

Briefing on support for the changes to the constitution

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The government is about to begin campaigning in earnest to secure a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum on the proposed changes to the constitution set for April; success in the referendum for the government is currently not certain. The nationalist MHP, whose leadership is supporting the government’s proposed changes, has still failed to convince its […]

Briefing on the Cyprus peace talks

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The conspicuous absence of the Cyprus peace talks in recent pronouncements by the Turkish government hints at the government’s concerns over the domestic unpopularity of concessions on the issue. For a government typically vocal on its international policies, AKP officials have remained conspicuously muted on the Cyprus peace talks. The government’s reliance on nationalist MPs […]

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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 […]

Background of Communities in the UK

There are over 350,000 Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriots living and working in the United Kingdom; their settlement in the UK took place in distinct phases since the 1950s. As with many immigrant communities, they represent diverse communities with different socio-economic status, religious backgrounds, regional origins, and various motives for migrating to the UK. It […]

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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 […]