Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

This article aims to explore the real potential of Turkey to become a regional natural gas hub by focusing on the current situation of gas producing countries around Turkey, and then moving to the future prospects of gas cooperation in the region. To this end, the article provides an assessment of both the current situation and future outlook of gas markets in Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Cyprus, subsequently providing a discussion of the future prospects of the Southern Gas Corridor and the potential Eastern Mediterranean Gas Corridor. This analysis demonstrates that Turkey will difficulty become a regional gas hub in the medium term (up to 2020-25), while it could have the potential to play an important role in the regional gas markets in the longer term (after 2025-30). This longer term potential can be realized if a number of infrastructural, commercial, and political barriers are overcome and if the EU gas demand recovers.

 

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Simone Tagliapietra
Simone Tagliapietra
From the Desk of the Editor TPQ’s Summer 2018 issue marks the 11th annual edition that we are publishing with the support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. This long-standing partnership has helped TPQ in its efforts to feature nuanced and diverse opinions on the security policy challenges facing Turkey, the region, and the transatlantic community. Over the years, we have had the privilege of bringing the...
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