OPAL Pipeline To Connect To Baltic Sea

 News broke Monday that Gazprom would no longer move forward with the South Stream pipeline project due to European opposition. Russian President Putin made the announcement after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Putin said the two countries would cooperate on the possibility of creating a gas trading hub on the Turkish-Greek border.… Keep reading →


Analysis of the March 30 local elections from Turkey scholar Soner Cagaptay and former U.S. ambassador to Ankara James Jeffrey. On March 31, 2014, Soner Cagaptay and James Jeffrey addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Cagaptay, the Institute’s Beyer Family Fellow and Turkish Research Program director, is author of The Rise of Turkey: The… Keep reading →

Amid a struggling US economy rife with political dissonance, a European sovereign debt crisis and Asian markets often closed to foreigners, a stable country of 70 million in the process of a full-scale deregulation of its energy markets–without restrictions on foreign investors–sounds almost like a fantasy.

But Turkey is that country, sitting at the crossroads between some of the most energy-rich countries in the world and some of the most energy-hungry. As international investor dollars get allocated in the region, uncertainty about the eventual outcome of the Arab spring has left Turkey as a standout target for foreign money. Keep reading →