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Energy in Turkey’s International Affairs and the Race for Southern Corridor 19 avril 2013

Posted by Acturca in Energy / Energie, EU / UE, Middle East / Moyen Orient, Turkey / Turquie, Turkey-EU / Turquie-UE.
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German Marshall Fund of the United States, April 19, 2013

Saban Kardas *

Energy issues are leaving an imprint on Turkey’s foreign policy agenda in surrounding regions. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz has been handling a heavy portfolio filled with projects that are by no means related to energy alone. Almost all the major projects Yildiz has been working on to realize Turkey›s energy aspirations have direct ramifications on the country’s far-from-smooth relationships with some of its neighbors, as well as the EU and other international actors. This assertive diplomatic agenda has been driven by two complementary motivations: to meet Turkey’s soaring energy needs, and to assert itself as a hub that will help increase its clout in the international system.

* Dr. Şaban Kardaş works as an associate professor of international relations in the Department of International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara.

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