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The Turkey-Azerbaijan Energy Partnership in the Context of the Southern Corridor 17 mars 2014

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IAI Working Papers (Istituto Affari Internazionali) 14|04, March 2014, 12 p.

by Şaban Kardaş *

This paper examines the energy partnership between Turkey and Azerbaijan in the context of the Southern Corridor. It argues that an interdependent relationship between Turkey and Azerbaijan has emerged, parallel to the rising importance of the Caspian basin in European energy security discussions. It maintains that Azerbaijan plays three distinct yet interrelated roles in Turkey’s energy policies: supplier for domestic markets, contributor/enabler of transit projects, and investor. The paper investigates the development of Turkey-Azerbaijan relations chronologically. It shows how these three roles evolved in three successive phases: the 1990s; the first decade of the 2000s; and recent years. The paper then analyzes the implications of the recent TANAP+TAP project for Turkey-Azerbaijan relations as well as for the Southern Corridor in general.

* Şaban Kardaş is Associate Professor of international relations in the Department of International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, and President of the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM).

Paper produced within the framework of the IAI-Edison project « The changing regional role of Turkey and cooperation with the EU in the neighbourhood », March 2014.

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