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From the Desk of the EditorTuesday, November 27, 2018
We are proud to present our readers with this special issue of TPQ, published in collaboration with Atlantic Council IN TURKEY, which revolves around energy dynamics in Turkey and its neighborhood, in the context of a shifting geopolitical landscape....
Foreword by Atlantic CouncilWednesday, November 28, 2018
  Dear Friends and Colleagues, It is with great pleasure that the Atlantic Council launches this special issue with Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) to explore Turkey’s energy sector prospects. I would like to thank TPQ for the...
Energy Transition in TurkeyEnergy Transition in TurkeyTuesday, November 27, 2018
Today, the energy world is undergoing an inevitable transition to green energy alternatives. In this regard, it is essential to understand which global trends are driving energy transition. Energy demand is shifting towards the East; mainly China and...
Energy Abundance, Security & Diplomacy: The US ApproachEnergy Abundance, Security & Diplomacy: The US ApproachTuesday, November 27, 2018
The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy published in December of 2017, articulates three goals for America’s international energy policy: export promotion, energy access, and energy security. These goals recognize that...
The Legacy of the Southern Gas CorridorThe Legacy of the Southern Gas CorridorTuesday, November 27, 2018
When did you first get involved with the Southern Gas Corridor? My involvement goes back to the 1990s—an interesting time in the broader conversation about oil security and pipelines in the region. At the time, we were not talking about the...
TANAP: An Influencer Well Beyond EnergyTANAP: An Influencer Well Beyond EnergyTuesday, November 27, 2018
Some 10 years ago, when I wrote for TPQ on the energy security of Europe, the salient argument at the time was that the rapidly growing European market was in serious need of Caspian energy resources. Today, this claim still rings true, but there...
Renewable Energy Investment in Turkey: Between Aspiration and EnduranceRenewable Energy Investment in Turkey: Between Aspiration and EnduranceTuesday, November 27, 2018
Turkey has been, for much if not all of its history, a country of liminality, straddling cultures and continents, balancing modernity with traditionalism. It should come as no surprise, then, that its status in the architecture of international...
The Importance of Natural Gas to Turkey’s Energy and Economic FutureThe Importance of Natural Gas to Turkey’s Energy and Economic FutureTuesday, November 27, 2018
Turkey has historically been one of the most important transit corridors between the East and the West and provides the only marine passage from the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea. Its control of the Bosphorus has dictated much of the geopolitical...
East Med Energy: Restoring Squandered OpportunitiesEast Med Energy: Restoring Squandered OpportunitiesTuesday, November 27, 2018
Geopolitical thinkers love to draw strategic lines on maps. They often dream of big infrastructure projects, such as energy pipelines, as catalysts of new patterns of geopolitical cooperation. In reality, however, multi-country energy projects can...
Eastern Mediterranean Energy: A Decade after the Major DiscoveriesEastern Mediterranean Energy: A Decade after the Major DiscoveriesTuesday, November 27, 2018
Close to a decade has passed since the initial major natural gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Despite the fanfare and hype surrounding the Eastern Mediterranean gas discoveries, to date, the new volumes have only increased...
Turkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Strained Energy RelationsTurkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Strained Energy RelationsTuesday, November 27, 2018
Turkey has a complex set of energy relations with Iraq. It plays a crucial role in the development of both oil and gas in the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and traditionally it has played an important role in the transit of oil from...
A New Strategy for EU-Turkey Energy CooperationA New Strategy for EU-Turkey Energy CooperationTuesday, November 27, 2018
The relationship between the European Union and Turkey has historically been close, contested, and tortuous. Turkey has sought to become a full member of the European integration project since 1987. However, notwithstanding significant advances such...
Turkey’s Energy Future Calls for Innovation and EfficiencyTurkey’s Energy Future Calls for Innovation and EfficiencyTuesday, November 27, 2018
As the global population continues to grow, demand for energy continues to increase dramatically, presenting a number of challenges around energy capacity, security, and sustainability. Although the world has seen several technological breakthroughs...
Turkey & Iran: Energy, Economy and Politics in the Face of SanctionsTurkey & Iran: Energy, Economy and Politics in the Face of SanctionsTuesday, November 27, 2018
Turkey and Iran have had a long history of political rivalry that dates back to the Ottoman and Safavid Empires. However, economic opportunities have, even back then, superseded political animosity, allowing for mutually beneficial trade to...