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> The shape of things to come in Turkish politics

By Dr Marc Herzog.

Turkey's first ever direct elections for the presidency held on August 10th ended according to general expectations. The country's current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won with almost 52% of the vote, thus securing victory in the first round of balloting. His two challengers, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoðlu and Selahattin Demirtas; only managed to garner 38% and 10% respectively.

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> FPC Briefing: Turkey's Year-Long Election Cycle

By Firdevs Robinson.

FPC Senior Research Associate Firdevs Robinson gives her analysis of the recent local government elections in Turkey. She examines the pre-election corruption scandals and government pressure on the media and access to YouTube and Twitter. She looks ahead at what the successful result for the ruling AKP means for the August 2014 Presidential elections.

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> FPC Briefing: What differences will the Fourth Package of Reforms make for Turkey in international judicial co-operation

By Andrew Southam.

FPC Research Associate Andrew Southam examines the recent record of Turkey in relation to international judicial cooperation. He looks at the development of domestic legislation and practices and how they impact on working with other nations on issues including extradition, terrorism and money laundering.

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> Turkey in Europe: The economic case for Turkish membership of the European Union

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Adam Hug (Ed.)

November 2008 Hard copy: £4.95, plus £1 p+p.

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This FPC pamphlet supported by Business for New Europe makes the economic and business case for Turkish membership of the European Union and outlines the political challenges faced by both sides in making accession a reality.

Edited by Adam Hug, it contains contributions from: Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Rt Hon William Hague MP, Commissioner Olli Rehn, Roland Rudd (Chairman, Business for New Europe) Dr Mehmet Ugur (University of Greenwich), Prof Refik Erzan (Bogazici University), Dr Bahadir Kaleagasi (TUSIAD, the Turkish business association), Sir Julian Horn Smith, (UK Co-Chair, Turkish British Business Council) and Dr Gareth Winrow (formerly of Istanbul Bilgi University).

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> Turks in Europe

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Sarah Schaefer, Greg Austin, Kate Parker

September 2005

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There is a new political contest about the relationship between the European Union and its 'national' components, and how they all should deal with 'outsiders'. The prospect of Turkey's entry to the European Union has triggered a remarkable outburst of fear and anxiety in some member states. Voters know that issues of national identity, the economy, social welfare and future migration are all tied up in some rather momentous way with Turkey's projected accession, but cannot see too clearly how. This pamphlet tries to bring the argument back down to the individual level.

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> Press and Media Freedom in Turkey

Date: Wednesday 17th April 2013

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Venue: Committee Room 12, House of Commons


  • Ugur Dündar, Senior Turkish Journalist
  • Rt Hon Ann Clywd MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group
  • Benjamin Ward, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Human Rights Watch

Chair: Deniz Ugur, Project Manager- Turkey, Foreign Policy Centre

Closing Remarks: Prof Büsra Ersanli, Marmara University

This FPC event will enable a broad discussion of some of the key media issues in Turkey today. The debate will explore the arrest and imprisonment of journalists, political pressure on media outlets and the companies that own them, media regulation, and the continuing challenges for Kurdish media. It will also look at current attempts at reform which impact on media freedom, such as the proposed fourth judicial package and attempts at constitutional change.

Due to high demand this event is now full.

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> Democratisation and political change in Turkey

DATE: Monday 10th October 2011

TIME: 7.00-9.00pm

VENUE: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA 

(please use Cromwell Green Visitors Entrance, see map attached)

This event is now full


  • Lord Alderdice, former Leader Alliance Party
  • Jonathan Fryer, SOAS
  • Firdevs Robinson, formerly BBC World Service

Chair: Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre

Introduction: Nick De Bois MP, Enfield North 

The Centre for Turkey Studies and Development (CTSD) and the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) are please to host a Westminster seminar to discuss the current political situation in Turkey at the start of the AKP third term. It will examine both the progress Turkey has made in recent years and the challenges it still faces, particularly on media freedom and minority rights. With plans to change the Turkish Constitution high up the political agenda it is an important time for a UK audience to examine what can be done both in Turkey and abroad to strengthen the process of democratisation and political reform in this growing global power.

Event is free and open to all. For more information please contact Ibrahim Dogus of CTSD on 02083412021

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email to:

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> Turkey 2020 conference, Istanbul, Friday 28 May

On Friday 28 May 2010, The FPC held a major conference in Istanbul 'Turkey 2020: Challenges and Opportunities' at the Point Barbaros Hotel. Exploring the key themes of Turkey's Economic Future, Turkey in the World and A Turkey for all its Citizens it brought together leading progressive thinkers from academia, journalism, business, ngos and politics.

Mustafa Sarigül, leader of Turkey's Change Movement, delivered the keynote speech and its contents can be viewed at

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