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CEFTUS briefing on Turkish intervention in Libya

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09 January 2020 Turkish troops have been deployed to Libya, marking a significant escalation in a conflict already involving several international powers Turkey is seeking to bolster the UN-backed administration in Tripoli against the internationally backed forces loyal to General Haftar In doing so, Ankara hopes to strength its position in several regional disputes, most […]

CEFTUS briefing on the thaw in Greece – Turkey relations

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07 February 2019 Greek Prime Minister Tsipras’ visit to Turkey was symbolic but lacked substance Tsipras’ arrival in Turkey follows a period of heightened tensions between Ankara and Athens Despite facing elections, both governments have resisted the urge to play to nationalist sentiments However, little progress was made in addressing the underlying issues between the […]

CEFTUS briefing on changes in the Turkish military

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17 January 2019 Recent changes in the Turkish military have highlighted divisions over strategy Rising star Metin Temel has been unexpectedly demoted amid rumours of tensions with his superiors Temel headed Turkey’s two large-scale military operations in Syria and is seen as close to President Erdogan The change comes amid differnces over Turkey’s strategy following […]

CEFTUS briefing on the planned US withdrawal from Syria

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20 December 2018 The planned US withdrawal from Syria puts Turkey in a strong position to shape the outcome of the conflict The US appears set to fulfil the longstanding Turkish demand to end its support for Kurdish-led fighters in Syria The unexpected decision by President Trump paves the way for Turkey to greatly expand […]

CEFTUS briefing on developments in the Turkish defence industry 

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13 December 2018 Turkey’s defence industry is growing in strategic significance Turkey has stepped up efforts to develop its domestic arms industry with a series of initiatives including a new national space programme The move comes as Turkey seeks to bolster its influence as an independent regional actor, taking a more assertive stance on several […]

CEFTUS briefing on Turkey’s upcoming local elections

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06 December 2018 Political parties have begun to nominate candidates for local elections, a potentially crucial moment for both the government and opposition Turkey’s big cities are set to be strongly contested in March 2019 Here, the ruling Justice and Development Party is turning to its nationalist allies amidst a negotiating economy Unless the opposition […]

CEFTUS briefing on the ECtHR Demirtas ruling

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29 November 2018 The case of imprisoned Selahattin Demirtas encapsulates the fraught nature of Turkey – EU relations Turkey’s detention of Demirtas has been found to be in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights The ruling has potential implications for other imprisoned political figures as well as Turkey’s relationship with the EU Both […]

CEFTUS briefing on the politics of Turkey’s religious authority

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15 November 2018 A dispute involving Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs has highlighted the government’s difficulty in balancing the country’s religious and nationalist currents The head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs has faced calls to resign amid claims he disrespected the country’s secularist founder, Kemal Ataturk The religious authority has long been used for […]

CEFTUS briefing on Turkey and US sanctions on Iran

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08 November 2018 Turkey is unwilling to downgrade ties with Iran even as it seeks to rebuild its relationship with the US Turkey has successfully lobbied to be included among the countries granted a 180-day exemption from US sanctions on Iran Ankara – Tehran relations are underpinned by Turkey’s reliance on Iranian energy imports Turkey […]