Energy security for the European Union and Turkey: harmony or discord: a critical game of mutual benefits
Çam, Ece (2013) Energy security for the European Union and Turkey: harmony or discord: a critical game of mutual benefits. [Thesis]
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The issue of energy plays a critical role for energy-rich and energy-dependent countries in today’s international political system. Countries like Russia have an abundance of energy resources, and this situation has resulted in European energy-dependent countries being cast into a critical position. As a result, energy security debates within the EU have increased dramatically and have caused countries to focus on the security of energy resources. Increasing energy demands and decreasing domestic production places the EU in a very difficult position. In order to lessen the dependency on Russia for energy resources, the EU and member states have had to seek alternative energy resources and energy routes. Given this reality, the role of Turkey in EU energy security has become very critical, as Turkey is a geographically bridge linking energy resources and the EU. Furthermore, it can be a fourth artery for the EU and Turkey can take advantage of this role as it applies for EU membership. However, the EU is not a unified body, and member states have different perspectives and decision making mechanisms. It is for this reason that every member state holds a different opinion about the role of Turkey in relation to the issue of energy. However, that Turkey is a crucial player in this arena crucial role is undeniable, so the EU has to consider Turkey’s role and make necessary arrangements before making energy security decisions.
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