A regional conflict in Syria and a fast-expanding economy are pushing Turkey to embrace new energy strategies, focusing on new technologies and a realignment of partnerships. Memduh Karakullukçu, president of the Istanbul based Global Relations Forum, discussed how structural shifts in energy markets will shape Turkey’s strategic outlook for the future and the implications of Turkey’s approach to new energy technologies. Karakullukçu assessed Turkey’s planned investments in nuclear energy and the role of deeper institutional engagement with global non-proliferation regimes as part of a comprehensive energy strategy. Carnegie’s Thomas de Waal moderated.

Memduh Karakullukçu

Memduh Karakullukçu is vice chairman and president of Global Relations Forum and a founding partner of the online legal informatics enterprise, kanunum.com. His advisory work specializes in higher education and technology policy, and the analysis of international economic and political affairs. Karakullukçu served as senior adviser to the chairwoman of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) from 2007 to 2010.

Thomas de Waal

Thomas de Waal is a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, specializing primarily in the South Caucasus region comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia and their breakaway territories, as well as the wider Black Sea region. He is the author of The Caucasus: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010).