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Briefing on Turkey’s cooperation with armed non-state actors

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Turkey’s expansive and complex security environment leads it to cooperate with armed non-state actors, a practice which presents particular challenges. • The range of conflicts on its doorstep and hostile actors means Turkey feels it necessary to cooperate with armed non-state actors domestically and in its near abroad. • Maintaining oversight over such groups presents […]

Briefing on the government’s combat of the Gulen Movement

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Since last July’s attempted coup d’etat the Turkish government’s attempts to bring to justice members of the Gulen Movement, identified as the perpetrators, and degrade their international network have had profound consequences for Turkey domestically and internationally. Last July’s attempted coup d’état deeply shook Turkey, representing a threat to the very fundamentals of its democracy […]

Briefing on decrees and dismissals

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The Turkish government continues to issue decrees under the state of emergency powers in an attempt to remove members of the Gulen Movement from the state bureaucracy. As part of its ongoing efforts to rid state bureaucracy of infiltration by the Gulen movement, the government has removed a further 3,974 public employees from their positions. […]

Briefing on Turkey’s strikes in Iraq and Syria

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Turkey’s strikes in Iraq and Syria show that it is still willing to engage unilaterally against its allies’ wishes and that talk of a second phase of the Euphrates Shield operation may soon lead to action, making a return to negotiations on its Kurdish conflict less likely. Turkey launched airstrikes on Sinjar in Iraq and […]

Briefing on Turkey’s referendum and the future of Turkish politics

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The results of the referendum reflect shifts in Turkey’s political landscape and raise new questions, meaning a respite from political uncertainty seems unlikely. Turkey’s opposition party has raised questions over the legitimacy of the result of Sunday’s vote, meaning the issue of the referendum may continue for some time. While the government appears to have […]

Briefing on Turkey, Russia and Syria

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Turkey’s immediate show of support for the recent US strike in Syria on government forces may have damaged its relations with Russia, demonstrating the balancing act Turkey must play between the two powers. • Turkey’s recent relative quiet about removing Assad was interpreted as a concession to Russia, but its response to the US strike […]

Suicide and mental health issues among Turkish-speaking communities in Europe

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Suicide rates among Turkish-speaking populations in Europe are often higher than the among the general population. For example, young women of Turkish descent in Germany are more than five times more likely to attempt suicide than German native women, with similar figures found in the Netherlands and Switzerland. In the UK, systematic data showing suicide rates in […]

Special Briefing, Kurdish Affairs, March 2017

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The March 2017 Kurdish Affairs Special Briefing explored tensions between Kurdish groups and between these groups and other actors in the four countries of focus. It also looked at broader regional tensions and how these have impacted Kurdish affairs. The Centre for Turkey Studies research team spoke with key actors and insider sources to develop our insights into events […]

Briefing on the ‘no’ campaign and the CHP

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The CHP campaign against the proposed changes to the constitution has received both praise and criticism, and sheds light on the current state of the party and its ambitions. The CHP leadership has laid out instructions to its campaigners, including using positive rhetoric, for its ‘no’ campaign against the proposed changes to the constitution. Both […]

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