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The Southern Energy Corridor: Turkey's Role in European Energy Security


Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
    Pages 1-11
  3. Definitions, Norms and Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
      Pages 15-24
    3. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
      Pages 25-43
  4. Turkish Dual Role in Energy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
      Pages 47-68
  5. New Hydrocarbon Reserves in the Levant and the Greater Caspian Basin: Curse or Blessing?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
      Pages 87-102
    3. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
      Pages 103-118
    4. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
      Pages 119-134
  6. Prospects and Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
      Pages 137-142
    3. Vedat Yorucu, Özay Mehmet
      Pages 143-146

About this book


This book highlights the importance of Turkey in diversifying supplies in future European energy security, focusing in particular on the rapidly emerging southern energy corridor. Turkey, by its location, occupies a key role in this corridor, fed by hydrocarbon supplies from Russian, Caspian, east Mediterranean and Arab sources.

The book examines Turkey's role as a transit country (in addition to its own growing domestic energy market) and it utilizes the latest evidence on the geopolitics of various pipelines which convergence on Turkey. The evidence, including maps, strongly favor Turkey as an energy hub within a regional energy model driven by rational behavior and market forces. The book recommends an increasing strategic energy cooperation between the EU and Turkey to maximize mutual interest.


Energy sources Eastern Mediterranean European energy supply Transit and energy hub Southern energy corridor

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsEastern Mediterranean UniversityFamagustaCyprus
  2. 2.Norman Paterson School of International AffairsCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

About the authors

Professor Mehmet is a development economist who has authored numerous books and articles. He is Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the Eastern Mediterranean University, and a member of the Turkish Economics Association, from whom he received the distinguished service medal in 2006.

Professor Yorucu specializes in economic development, international economics, and energy and construction economics. He is Vice President of the Turkish Economics Association and Chief Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance and formerly to the Minister of Economy and Tourism.

Bibliographic information


“I would recommend it for everyone interested in the energy security of the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as those focussing on Greco-Turkish/Cypriot-Turkish relations. It offers a concise overview of the current state of affairs in the field of energy security in the region, and a brief Turkish glimpse of it.” (Martina Dočkalová, Mezinárodní vztahy / Czech Journal of International Relations, Vol. 53 (4), 2018)