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Book Launch with Dr Soner Cagaptay

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Book Launch with Dr Soner Cagaptay ‘The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey’ Soner Cagaptay, distinguished author and director of the Turkish Program at the Washington Institute, came to SOAS to join the Centre for Turkey Studies in launching his new book, ‘The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey’. […]

Briefing on the Turkish Armed Forces after the failed coup

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20th July 2017 The Turkish Armed Forces is at a defining moment in its history; facing both fundamental changes and an unprecedented number of operations one year on from last July’s failed coup. Thousands of personnel have been discharged from the military and significant changes have been made to Turkeys’ security structure The measures have […]

Policy Brief Launch Event and Joint Forum: ‘What Is at Stake in the Turkish Constitutional Referendum?’

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13 April 2017, Unite the Union The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in partnership with the Oxford-based Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) hosted a public forum with Dr Bill Kissane, a political scientist and historian, and Associate Professor in Politics at the London School of Economics. The event, held at the headquarters of Unite […]

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 […]

Briefing on Civil Service Reform in Turkey

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Lack of civil service reform represents a threat to Turkey’s security Civil service reform could prevent ideologically-motivated groups from infiltrating state apparatus and civil service capacity being denigrated, both existential threats to Turkey, as evidenced by the recent coup and subsequent intrigues. Ideological groups infiltrating Turkey’s state apparatus and the political use of civil service […]

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 […]

Turkish News Weekly Briefing 5th-12th September 2016

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By Andrew Leech Monday September 12th marked the beginning of Kurban Bayrami (Eid al-Adha) and a 10 day truce in Syria. The truce, brokered by the United States and Russia and announced Saturday was welcomed by Turkey who used the opportunity to send aid to Aleppo and other towns in northern Syria. Nevertheless, in a […]

Turkish News Weekly Briefing 23rd – 31st August 2016

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By Andrew Leech The Turkish military began shelling ISIS and Kurdish militia positions early last Tuesday morning. The following day Operation Euphrates Shield was launched. This was a major military intervention involving tanks and warplanes led by Turkish forces and co-ordinated with the Free Syria Army (FSA) and allied rebel groups. It marked the first […]

Turkey, Syria and the Kurds – The Never-ending Conflict

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By Gabriella Twinning The latest bombing at a wedding party in the eastern border city of Gaziantep, along with bombings of military and police vehicles in Van and Elazig, should have sent shockwaves through Turkish society. However, attacks of this kind have unfortunately become commonplace in Turkey’s recent history. President Erdogan, in his address to […]

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