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Is Turkey’s Energy Leadership Over Before It Began? 22 janvier 2015

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IPC-Mercator Policy Brief, January 2015

Jörn Richert *

A strategy is a tool for successful policy-making. It systematically connects means to political ends. A strategic vision integrates individual ends under an overarching ambition. The strategic vision of Turkey’s energy policy, as declared in the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources’ Strategic Plan for 2010–2014, is to make Turkey “the leader in its region in energy” affairs.

Although regional energy leadership is at the heart of Turkey’s energy strategy, the concept lacks both a clear definition as well as empirical analysis. This analytical gap should be closed for three reasons. First, only if regional energy leadership is clearly defined can Turkey’s energy strategy be fully understood. Second, because of the centrality of energy leadership, analyzing its empirical reality is an integral part in evaluating Turkey’s energy political performance. A third reason concerns the means by which energy leadership shall be realized. The
Strategic Plan puts major emphasis on one concrete means: transforming Turkey into an energy hub.

* Jörn Richert is a Mercator-IPC Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), Sabancı University.

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