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Briefing on the 2nd anniversary of the failed coup and the end of the state of emergency

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19 July 2018 In the two years since the thwarted military coup the Turkish state has been transformed Emergency powers and a fortified sense of popular legitimacy have enabled the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to initiate profound reforms The military has been definitively brought under the government’s control, while the civilian bureaucracy is […]

Briefing on the growing influence of the Nationalist Action Party

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12 July 2018 Having increasingly defined the political agenda, the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) is set to shape Turkey’s next government The Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) failure to win an outright majority in parliament leaves it increasingly reliant on its Nationalist Action Party (MHP) allies This marks the culmination of a process that has […]

Briefing on Manbij and Turkey’s position in Syria

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05 July 2018 Events in Manbij, Syria are likely to determine Turkey’s future role in the country   Turkey hopes a recent agreement will see it take control of Manbij from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed militia headed by Kurdish fighters Turkish officials argue Manbij could pave the way for Turkey and its Syrian […]

CEFTUS 2018 General Election Preview

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21 June 2018 On June 24, Turkey will hold one of the most important elections in its recent history    President Erdogan remains on course to be re-elected despite the potential for the contest to go to a second-round run-off However, a renewed majority for the ruling Justice and Development Party is far from guaranteed amid […]

Briefing on the growing importance of the Felicity Party

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14 June 2018 The ruling Justice and Development Party is facing a growing challenge from within its own religious-conservative political tradition   The Felicity Party (SP) is rooted in the Turkish Islamist movement from which the Justice and Development Party (AKP) emerged but has become increasingly critical of the government The SP is expected to win […]

Briefing on Kurdish voters and the parliamentary elections

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31 May 2018 A small number of Kurdish voters are likely to play a decisive role in Turkey’s up-coming parliamentary elections The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) ability to attract conservative Kurdish voters has been crucial to securing past parliamentary majorities, but has been damaged by the party’s turn towards Turkish nationalism The AKP’s […]

Briefing on party candidates for the parliamentary elections

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24 May 2018 Candidate lists for the upcoming parliamentary elections have been revealed, giving an insight into internal party dynamics ahead of the crucial June 24 vote  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) continues to be restructured around the leadership of President Erdogan, but remains reliant on other high-profile figures to help secure a […]

Briefing on Turkey-UK relations

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17 May 2018 Relations between Turkey and the UK are growing ever closer, with trade topping the agenda for both countries Turkey and the UK are forging a closer relationship as they each loosen ties with the EU Central to this is growing bilateral trade, most notably a series of defence deals Closer ties have […]