Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

Turkey’s impressive economic growth has been fueled by soaring energy consumption which is likely to continue over the years to come. However as Turkey risks to increase its current account deficit by five billion dollars with each ten dollars added to the current price of oil, its import-reliant energy bill is becoming unsustainable. Assessing domestic challenges against emerging regional and international opportunities, this article will argue that Turkey can secure more profitable terms for its fossil fuel imports, providing it reconsiders its foreign policy options. In this context, a politics of engagement with northern and southern Iraq may help Ankara gain greater strategic lever in its relationship with traditional oil and gas suppliers, such as Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan.
 
 
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Aura Sabadus
Aura Sabadus
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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