Jul 15

Past Event

Turkey, Russia and Regional Energy Strategies

Event Materials


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Historically, relations between Turkey and Russia have been characterized more often by competition—if not outright war—than by cooperation. Yet centuries of imperial rivalry and decades of Cold War hostility have recently given way to quite different dynamics. Russia has become Turkey’s largest trading partner and a major target of Turkish foreign investment. Since Vladimir Putin became the first Russian leader to visit Turkey in 500 years, engagement between the two countries has increased in intensity and seriousness. Some analysts have seen a convergence of perspective between Ankara and Moscow on issues ranging from Palestine to Iran to the Caucasus. Further, as energy looms larger in the domestic and regional calculus of both countries, especially in terms of their respective European relationships, the strategic importance of their rapprochement has grown.

On July 15, the Center on the United States and Europe and the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings hosted leading experts from Turkey, Russia and Europe for a conference focusing on Turkey’s and Russia’s roles in European energy security and the role of energy in shaping cooperation and stability in neighboring regions. Richard Morningstar, special envoy for Eurasian energy at the U.S. Department of State, provided a keynote address. 

Event Agenda

  • Panel 1: Emerging Russian-Turkish Relations

    • Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/taspinaro.aspx">Ömer Taşpınar</a>

      Nonresident Fellow and Director, Turkey Project, The Brookings Institution

    • Stephen Larrabee

      Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

    • Vladimir Milov

      President, Institute of Energy Policy, Russia

    • Volkan Vural

      Counselor to Chairman, Doğan Holding, Turkey

  • Panel 2: The East-West Energy Corridor and Europe's Energy Security

    • Alexandros Petersen

      Fellow for Transatlantic Energy Security and Associate Director, Eurasia Energy Center

      Atlantic Council of the United States

    • Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution, " itemprop="jobTitle" /> Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/pifers.aspx">Steven Pifer</a>

      Acting Director, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution

    • Mithat Balkan

      Former Turkish Ambassador to Iran and Austria

    • Jeff D. Makholm

      Senior Vice President, National Economic Research Associates, Inc.

  • Keynote Address: U.S. Energy Diplomacy in Eurasia

    • Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/parrism.aspx">Mark Parris</a>

      Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution

    • Keynote Address: Richard Morningstar

      Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, U.S. Department of State

  • Panel 3: Common and Competing Interests in the Region

    • Moderator: Martha Brill Olcott

      Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    • Saban Kardas

      Research Assistant, Sakarya University, Turkey

    • Cory Welt

      Director, Eurasian Strategy Project, Georgetown University

    • Victor Nadein-Raevsky

      Senior Scientific Research Fellow, Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russia


July 15, 2009

9:30 AM - 3:45 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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