Although there exist several strategy documents to guide national energy sector development in Turkey, almost all have either a relatively short-term focus or no time horizon at all. However fashionable, the term “strategy” has almost always been misused or even abused in Turkey, especially in the energy field. Turkish energy policy makers have been increasingly inclined to equate strategy with listing desired goals, as opposed to figuring out how to achieve them.
In Turkey, therefore, systematic thinking about energy in terms of the integrated application of available means to accomplish desired ends is still missing. For instance, the energy strategy papers prepared by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs2 in 2006 and 2009 can hardly be called strategy papers at all, since they do not go beyond describing the existing and planned oil and gas pipelines in the context of Turkey’s potential East-West energy corridor role. Moreover, the 2010 energy strategic plan of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR)3 concentrates on establishing the desired ends to be attained but not on the means and ways of getting there.