Last fall, a new Master of Arts program was initiated in the Faculty of Economics, Administrative, and Social Sciences. The first students in the program, which offers an MA in Energy Economics, Policy and Security (EEPS), have now completed their first semester and are beginning studies in their second term.
The main objective of the program is to introduce and build the necessary academic infrastructure regarding issues of energy policy and security that strategically affect Turkey’s economy and foreign policy. The program emphasizes both basic conceptual and applied policy-related aspects of global energy markets and identifies the key agents, institutions and powers involved in processes of sustainable and affordable energy and resource management, as well as Turkey’s strategic policy choices for satisfaction of its growing energy needs in a potentially conflict-ridden global economy.
More succinctly, the program addresses the following questions:
- Documentation of Turkey’s energy needs and priorities in the short and the long run;
- Assessment and investigation of regional/global developments in the energy markets, with a special focus on the strategic powers and key players;
- Analytical assessment of Turkey’s strategic policy choices and the key constraints and opportunities in the area of energy security.
The program has been designed as an interdisciplinary graduate program and is offered jointly by the Departments of Economics, International Relations and Political Science and Public Administration. Students work toward a non-thesis MA degree, with the option of pursuing a PhD in any of the three departments’ doctoral programs, provided that the admission criteria of the respective programs are met.