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Briefing on the MHP and the Presidential System

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In exchange for supporting President Erdogan’s ambition to introduce a new constitution to Turkey featuring a president with executive powers, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has been able to steer government policy towards a more hard line nationalist agenda, concerning potentially Turkish territorial ambitions in Iraq and Syria. Erdogan’s quasi alliance with the MHP promises […]

Could Turkey’s main opposition, the CHP, have a chance at power?

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Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) is the country’s oldest, having emerged from grass roots political movements involved in the initial struggle preceding the foundation of the Turkish Republic. It has been the country’s largest opposition party for over a decade. Banned in the 1980 military coup, the party has clawed its way back to its […]

Post-coup Turkey: What is the AKP Government Perspective?

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15 October 2016 Since Turkey’s failed coup attempt in July of this year, a lot of attention has been given to the government’s crackdown on suspected supporters of the Gülen movement, presumed to be behind the attempt. The Turkish government has been heavily criticised for presiding over politically motivated purges, which use the coup as […]

CEFTUS Roundtable ‘Post-Coup Turkey’

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10th October 2016, Impact Hub Westminster at New Zealand House This Centre for Turkey Studies roundtable was chaired by Dr Janroj Keles of Middlesex University and featured Mr Mehmet Emin Ekmen, former MP for the Justice and Development (AK) Party. The discussion was translated by George Dyson. Mr Ekmen offered a three-stage discussion of the events. […]

Turkish News Weekly Briefing 8th-14th August 2016

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By Andrew Leech This week in Turkey began with a phenomenal rally on Sunday 8th unprecedented in Turkish history, which much more than a million people attended to express support for their elected government almost a month after a failed coup attempt against it. For the first time in years Turkey’s president, ruling party and two opposition parties […]

Westminster Debate ‘Turkey: Analysis on Political Changes and Potential Scenarios for Future’

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9 June 2016 House of Commons This Westminster Debate was kindly hosted by Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark. The keynote speaker was Mr Ahmet Hakan, Turkish columnist and TV presenter. Mr Ahmet writes daily columns for Hurriyet and has presented the popular current affairs programme Tarafsiz Bolge on CNNTurk since 2005, as well as […]

Levent Gultekin

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‘Religious Conservatism and the AKP before Snap Elections of 1st November 2015’ Mr Levent Gultekin is currently a columnist for Diken.com.tr. He studied Public Administration at Anadolu University in Eskisehir and completed his Master of Arts in International Relations in Selcuk University. Mr Gultekin began his journalism career in 1994 at daily Yeni Safak. He […]

‘Turkey: Collapse of Peace Talks, ISIS Attacks and A New Constitution’

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This Westminster Debate was kindly hosted by Lord Northbrook with keynote speakers, Republican People’s Party (CHP) MPs for Istanbul, Mr Gursel Tekin and Dr Sezgin Tanrikulu. Dr Sezgin Tanrikulu began by discussing the Kurdish issue, stating that the conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is presently at its […]

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