Debates Conférences
Ifri Paris
from 15:00 to 18:30
This event is restricted
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Strategic positioning and energy challenges for Türkiye in the Black Sea Conference

The Black Sea has become a battleground in the Russian-Ukrainian war. While Moscow asserts its ambitions for power at sea and on land, Ankara controls maritime access through the strait. Turkey plays the role of mediator to ensure the security of grain and hydrocarbon convoys, but the situation seems blocked and the future remains open: to what extent does Turkey ensure the dual security of energy and food in the Black Sea?

Co-organized by Ifri and the Ankara office of the think tank GMF (German Marshall Fund of the United States), this event will bring together Turkish and French experts to better understand Turkish options in the Black Sea against the backdrop of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

This conference will take place in English and in person at Ifri only.
All times are listed in Paris time (CET).




3.00-4.30 PM 

Panel 1 : Russia-Ukraine War and Implications for Security in the Black Sea and Caucasus Region

  • Mustafa Aydın, professor of international relations, Kadir Has University and president of the International Relations Council of Türkiye
  • Isabelle Lasserre, senior reporter, Le Figaro

Chair: Dorothée Schmid, Director of the Türkiye/Middle East program at IFRI 


4.30-5.00 PM Coffee break


5.00-6.30 PM 

Panel 2: EU-Türkiye Cooperation on Energy Security and Transition

  • Kadri Taştan, GMF expert, non-resident senior fellow in GMF’s Brussels office
  • Noemie Rebiere, energy security expert

ChairÖzgür Unluhisarcikli, GMF Ankara Office Director.


> The summary of the event is available via the following link: Strategic positioning and energy challenges for Türkiye in the Black Sea


27 rue de la Procession, 75015 Paris
Contact the organizers: 

For more information or to sign up, please contact lesigne@ifri.org 

Armed conflict energy security geopolitics strategy Black Sea Russia Türkiye Ukraine