International Relations and Energy in the Age of Geo-Economics

Okur M. A.

WESCE-2019 World Energy Strategies Congress and Exhibition , İstanbul, Turkey, 26 - 28 August 2019, pp.12

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.12
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The birth of geo-economics as a concept dates back to the early 1990s.  However, in recent years, this concept has been used extensively to interpret the transformation in the field of international political economy, together with other concepts like economic nationalism and trade wars.  With its new content, even reaching to the weaponization of economic means, relationships and values, geoeconomics depicts the change in the way of understanding the global struggle for power. Energy policies are among the topics where this mentality shift, which can be seen as a deviation from globalist liberal economic logic, has the most impact on the international arena.  In this speech, geoeconomic transformation, which can be observed more clearly in the approaches towards the energy issue since the 2000s, will be examined around a wide range of examples from the US invasion of Iraq to the Belt-Road Project and the recent increasing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.