The Atlantic Council IN TURKEY, which is in charge of the Turkey program, aims to promote and strengthen transatlantic engagement with the region by providing a high-level forum and pursuing programming to address the most important issues on energy, economics, security, and migration.



Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Managing bilateral disagreements through leader-to-leader rapport

Should former Vice President Joe Biden prevail against Trump in November, it remains unclear whether the US and Turkish leaders would enjoy the same rapport built between Erdoğan and Trump, while the many disagreements between the two countries would remain.

TURKEYSource by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

What relationship can the US and Turkey have after 2020?

In recent years, relations between the United States and its NATO ally Turkey have seen dramatic ups and downs, and Ankara has started to pursue a more independent foreign policy. Regardless of who wins the US elections, it is important to consider whether the United States and Turkey share enough common interests to facilitate strong cooperation moving forward.

TURKEYSource by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 8, 2020

Shaffer quoted in Asia Times on unification between Iran’s Azeri-speaking provinces, and Turkey and Azerbaijan

In the News

Europe & Eurasia Iran

Wed, Oct 7, 2020

Value beyond price: Prioritizing political stability and regional integration when financing Mediterranean gas

A comprehensive overview of the tensions surrounding natural gas resources in the Eastern Mediterranean which argues that development projects must take into account geopolitical rivalries as a reality in determining how to leverage East Med gas by mobilizing the power of multilateral dialogue platforms and international development banks.

Report by Olgu Okumuş

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Mon, Oct 5, 2020

Turkish Black Sea discovery: Is it geopolitics or economics?

While some expect that a Turkish drilling ship's discovery of the country's largest natural gas reserve to date will give Turkey a more advantageous bargaining position, the country has already had this leverage thanks to its wide variety of pipeline sources and access to the liquefied natural gas market.

TURKEYSource by Anita Orban

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Now let’s see an agreement in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Trump administration has demonstrated its ability to bring allies together and promote regional peace and cooperation. The United States should keep up this momentum by helping to reach an agreement between Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus, and de-escalate the conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Content Series by Brenda Shaffer

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Solving the Eastern Mediterranean crisis requires compromise

France, Greece, and the entire EU should embrace this de-escalatory approach, recognizing that the entire transatlantic community will be strategically better off with a strong Greece-Turkey relationship that ensures a fair system for sharing Eastern Mediterranean energy resources.

Eastern Mediterranean Perspectives by Matthew Bryza

Geopolitics & Energy Security Greece

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Eastern Mediterranean tensions require diplomacy, not conflict

Despite the continued challenges and dangerous rhetoric, the only viable path remains through dialogue and compromise. For Turkey, this means openness to dialogue to address the issues at hand and expanding its diplomatic front to build support for its interests.

Eastern Mediterranean Perspectives by Mitat Çelikpala

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Turkey’s gas find in the Black Sea: How big is this Tuna?

Turkey is a primary destination for US liquefied natural gas (LNG), but a change may be over the horizon. In late August, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO)'s drilling ship FATIH discovered a 320 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea, within the western part of Turkey's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

EnergySource by Ariel Cohen and Talya Yuzucu

Geopolitics & Energy Security Oil and Gas

Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Turkey weekly news roundup – September 11, 2020

Below is a selection of articles on Turkey we have been following, covering the most important issues over the past week. East Med Tensions Turkey-Iran Cooperation Economic Prospects

Turkey News Roundup by Atlantic Council in Turkey