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Briefing on Turkey and the protests in Iran

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04 January 2018 Protests in Iran have elicited a cautious response in Turkey, where sympathy has given way to geopolitical concerns  Having initially expressed ‘concern’ at recent developments, Turkish government officials are increasingly showing support for their counterparts in Tehran Such support comes in part from a scepticism of popular protest movements and unease at […]

Briefing on the Turkey-Iran rapprochement

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17th August 2017 Turkey and Iran are cooperating again as shifting regional dynamics sees their interests align Turkey and Iran are no longer diametrically opposed over Syria, removing the main source of tension in their relationship Longstanding economic ties between the two countries are being bolstered by cooperation over the crisis in the Gulf Potential […]

Briefing on Turkey and the Gulf Crisis

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The Saudi led blockade of Qatar looks likely to reset relations in the Middle East, forcing Turkey to reconsider its recent foreign policy. Turkey is Qatar’s closest ally in the region, a relationship that has been developed through growing military and economic links. Turkey’s attempts to mediate the crisis have failed, leading Ankara to take […]

CEFTUS Research Project: Identification and Politicisation Processes in Turkey’s Alevis

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Alevism has received increased attention in recent years due to Alevis’ increased social and political mobilisation. The position of Alevis has been one of the most complex and subsequently least addressed issues in Turkey. Conflicts, grievances, fears, and uncertainties about the future have existed for a number of years, and have been attempted to be […]

Briefing on Turkey and Mosul

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Bottom line up front: With Turkey’s growing military assertiveness in its region, the country is seeking to fulfil long-held ambitions of expanding its influence in Iraq, motivated partly by its energy insecurity. Despite ire from Baghdad, Ankara continues to insist on having a troop presence in Iraq and is jostling for a role in the […]

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

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9 February 2016 House of Commons 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’ […]

‘The Crisis in Iraq’: Lord Clement-Jones

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Lord Tim Clement-Jones’ speech in the Joint Forum ‘the Crisis in Iraq: Unexpected Alliances, Western Intervention and the Question of Kurdistan’. “You have heard a great deal of a cross-party consensus this evening and I do not intend to differ from that consensus at all. I have been a regular visitor to Kurdistan over the past ten years […]

‘The Crisis in Iraq’: Lord Glasman

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Lord Maurice Glasman’s speech in the Joint Forum ‘the Crisis in Iraq: Unexpected Alliances, Western Intervention and the Question of Kurdistan’. “I was in  Kirkuk in June and saw the black flags, but more than that you could smell the anxiety of fear. And the governor of Kirkuk said that the only thing that you can compare ISIS to, […]

‘The Crisis in Iraq’: Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman

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Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman’s speech in the Joint Forum ‘the Crisis in Iraq: Unexpected Alliances, Western Intervention and the Question of Kurdistan’. “Isis is a threat to all of us whether we are in the UK, in America, in France, Germany or whether we are in Kurdistan or elsewhere […]