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Turkey’s Energy Strategy

April 2015, Number 06.02

“Turkey’s energy strategy, which has been shaped jointly by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, seeks to find secure, reliable and cost-effective supplies for its energy-hungry industry. The Energy Market Regulatory Board, on the other hand, sets the rules for the energy sector as a whole. Its rules ensure fair competition for all investors, public and private, as well as domestic and international. This body contributes to the Europeanization of market norms and principles in this sector.

Having an energy strategy is important for Turkey, a significant NATO ally strategically located in the southeastern part of the Euro- Atlantic region. Achieving harmony between the domestic and external dimensions of Turkey’s energy strategy is essential for enhancing Turkey’s overall energy security. The strategy’s central elements include the security of supplies and the diversity of sources in addition to energy efficiency and greater use of renewable resources...”

Excerpt from Oktay F. Tanrısever, Turkey’s Energy Strategy,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 2, 2015: 18-23.

Dr. Oktay F. Tanrısever is professor of international relations, associate dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences and chairperson of the Area Studies Ph.D. program at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from Middle East Technical University and his doctorate from the University of London.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.