The National Energy and Mining Policy of Turkey has been developed on the basis of “strong economy and national security” and is crucial in so far as it will shed light on the distance the country will cover in the regional and global energy market in the upcoming years. The way to shape Turkish foreign policy, characterized by strong diplomacy, is to decrease energy dependency on imported resources, first, and then, achieve energy self-sufficiency. Prepared by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the National Energy and Mining Policy of Turkey has been developed in line with this objective. The featured axes of this policy, namely security of supply, indigenization, and foreseeable market, will form a guide for Turkey to reach a better position in the energy field.
In this analysis, the National Energy and Mining Policy of Turkey will be examined in the framework of these three axes and, in particular, the goals and objectives of this policy will be discussed. The policy, designed to transform Turkey into a more powerful regional and global actor, is a guiding light for using the country’s natural resources in a more effective and productive way.