Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

Recent large-scale discoveries of natural gas in Israel and Cyprus could help reshape the geopolitical trajectory of the Eastern Mediterranean, a region that is emerging with its own strategic identity at the confluence of the Middle East, North Africa, and Eurasia. If managed with collaborative vision and skill, these new natural gas fields could provide Cyprus and Israel energy independence, catalyze new industries, generate significant export revenues, and foster diplomatic breakthroughs on the Cyprus Question and Turkey-Israel relations. Absent collaborative vision, however, this hydrocarbon bounty could reinforce political divisions and weaken regional stability.

 

 

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Matthew J. Bryza
Matthew J. Bryza
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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