Dr. Serkan Birgel

Dr. Serkan Birgel is a former researcher at TRT World Research Centre. He holds a PhD from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, and a Master’s degree in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King’s College London. His research interests include geopolitics and the natural resource / energy nexus – with particular emphasis on the Eastern Mediterranean region.
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The Energy Transition in Word & Deed: Recovery, Decarbonisation, and Financial Risk

This policy outlook provides an abridgement and commentary on the global energy transition. It aims to synthesise major developments and the general contours of...

Turkey-EU Relations: Agency, Expectations, and the Need for a Healthier Discourse

This paper discusses the points of change and continuity in Turkey-EU relations, in a bid to help foster a more thoughtful, constructive dialogue.There is...

The Cyprus conundrum: A new direction?

How will the results of the Turkish Cypriot elections affect the Cyprus Problem?Northern Cyprus recently held its presidential elections amid heightened tensions in the...

Raw Power and Rules in a More Violent World?

To aid further the discussion on the interplay between raw power and rules today, a pertinent question to ask is why exactly is it...

From Akıncı to Arıklı: The TRNC Political Landscape in the 2020 General Elections

This article profiles the main candidates in the upcoming presidential elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.This article profiles the main candidates in...

Liberalism and Conservatism: Ideology and US Domestic Politics

In the run-up to the US elections, this policy outlook aims to briefly unpack the notions of Liberalism and Conservativism as they manifest in...

Gas in the Black Sea: Initial Assessments and Critical Questions

Further discoveries to be had in the Black Sea will strengthen Turkey’s economic case, conditional as well on the interplay between domestic demand and...

The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Global Outlook

This book is an endeavour to search for meaning through an examination of possible implications of the Covid-19 pandemic from a variety of angles...

Cutting the Gordian Knot: The Necessary Spirit in the Eastern Mediterranean

This paper expounds on the need to focus on a resolution of the Cyprus Problem and argues for a greater commitment to the Turkish–EU...

Hagia Sophia and the test of time

Is the state of secularism in Turkey entirely predicated upon the exclusion of worshippers from the Hagia Sophia?The long and short of it: Muslims...

Democracy Between Social Media, Political Polarisation, and Disinformation

This policy outlook revisits the nature of the relationship between social media, political polarisation, and disinformation, in the context of this nexus for public...

Against polarisation: The politics of gratitude in Cyprus

Are we to replace the known dangers of an ethno-national conflict in Cyprus with a new Cypriot nationalism, one that promotes the old xenophobic...

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