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Turkish-US Energy Partnership II

02 June in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY

Published by Hurriyet Daily News | June/02/2014MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ, PAUL MICHAEL WIHBEY For both Washington and Ankara, the stakes are high, possibly higher than many experts and officials in the two capitals realize. Not only is a new Eurasian economic partnership of significant proportions emerging to the north and east of Turkey’s borders, but the shift in the global balance of power emanating from this new energy-driven partnership could send powerful and consequential reverberations into the Caspian and Middle East petroleum-rich regions. The Middle East and the Gulf region are in no state of stability – the “Arab awakening” brewing and spreading, as well as...

The US-Turkish energy partnership in a changing world of energy and geopolitics

31 May in ENERGY, ENERGY ACADEMY

Published by HurriyetDaily News | May/31/2014   MEHMET ÖĞÜTÇÜ – PAUL MICHAEL WIHBEY Energy and geopolitics, which cannot be treated in isolation from one another, today dominate both Turkish and American strategic thinking more than any time in the history of their bilateral relations. With the stroke of a pen that closed the historic $400 billion Russia-China gas supply agreement on May 21, the geo-strategic era that commenced on Sept. 11, 2001, was superseded with a new and quite different ordering of global power. China’s further proposal to push forward with another ambitious Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific has also received a cold reception from the United States,...