The East Mediterranean is indispensable for Turkey - ERDAL TANAS KARAGÖL
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The East Mediterranean is indispensable for Turkey

10 August 2020, 04.00
Erdal Tanas Karagöl

Erdal Tanas Karagöl

Prof. Dr. Erdal Tanas Karagöl, 1971 yılında Erzurum’un Çat ilçesinde doğdu. Orta ve Lise öğrenimini Çat Lisesi’nde, Lisans eğitimini 1992 yılında İstanbul Üniversitesi İktisat Fakültesi’nde dereceyle bitirerek tamamladı. 1994 yılında devlet bursu kazanarak gittiği Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nde Connecticut Üniversitesi’nden Ekonomi dalında Yüksek Lisans derecesini aldı. Doktora eğitimini 2002 yılında İngiltere’de York Üniversitesi'nde tamamladı. Sonrasına Türkiye’ye dönerek Balıkesir Üniversitesi ve Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesi Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi’nde öğretim üyesi olarak çalışmaya başladı. Bu görevinde 2003 yılında Yardımcı Doçent, 2005 yılında Doçent ve 2011 yılında Profesör oldu. Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi (TÜBA) ve Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu (TÜBİTAK) tarafından birçok defa yayın teşvik ödülüne layık görüldü. 2012 yılından itibaren TÜBA Asosiye üyesi olan Karagöl, TÜBİTAK’da Sosyal Bilimler Araştırma Grubu’nda (SOBAG) yürütme kurulu üyesi, Yükseköğretim Kurumu’nda (YÖK) Etik Kurulu Üyesi ve Üniversitelerarası Kurul Başkanlığı’nda (ÜAK) komisyon üyeliği görevlerinde bulundu. Siyaset, Ekonomi ve Toplum Araştırmaları Vakfı (SETA) Ekonomi Direktörlüğü yaptı.  Çok sayıda akademik çalışmalarının yanı sıra, Sabah, Star, Yeni Şafak gazetelerinde ve Anlayış dergisinde güncel ekonomik sorunlara ilişkin makaleler yazdı. Halen, Yeni Şafak’ta haftanın iki günü ekonomik analiz ve değerlendirmelerini kapsayan yazılar kaleme almaktadır. Prof. Dr. Erdal Tanas Karagöl evli ve iki kızı vardır.

Turkey's maritime jurisdiction agreement signed with Libya seems to have changed all balances in the Eastern Mediterranean. Because through this agreement, Turkey declared a new map to the world just like other countries in the region that defined their maritime borders according to their whims.

Just as this agreement provided Turkey with maritime borders that have come to be known as Blue Homeland, other countries in the region, chief among them Greece, and forces that back them have launched several attempts in the region.

The so-called exclusive economic zone agreement (EEZ) signed between Egypt and Greece last week, despite it being null and void, it has unveiled yet another map that they determined according to their whims.

WHAT IS GREECE ATTEMPTING TO ACCOMPLISH?

Greece has embarked on a process of provocation by signing a null deal with Egypt, which is at odds with Turkey, on the transport of natural gas through Cairo to EU countries and through its so-called EEZ deal with Southern Cyprus over disputed areas off Cyprus in The Eastern Mediterranean.

The null agreement signed with Egypt on EEZs in the eastern Mediterranean shows just how emboldened Greece has become recently from the EU, particularly France. Despite Germany’s role as mediator with Turkey which delayed seismic research off the island of Meis, Greece going ahead with signing its null agreement with Egypt is another sign of this.

Meanwhile, with the Egypt-Greece EEZ agreement, which has no legal basis, They’re trying suffocate Turkey using the islands as mainland restricting it to the waters of Antalya and the Gulf of Iskenderun, which is a situation that Turkey will never accept, leading the waters to warm up in the Eastern Mediterranean. Greece doesn't realize it's playing with fire.

Despite turkey's maritime jurisdictions agreement with Libya, Greece, Egypt and Southern Cyprus are trying to determine their so-called borders, showing that they are trying to buy time when it comes to maritime borders.

Egypt has much smaller maritime borders through the null agreement with Greece than it would have had it signed a deal with Turkey. Egypt's hostility towards Turkey is pushing to cede maritime zones to Greece. This also just goes to show how provocative Greece is getting.

TURKEY'S POLICY IN EAST MED

Wide maritime borders in the East Mediterranean now constitute a crucial part of Turkey. The Eastern Mediterranean is indispensable due to its strategic importance in terms of economy, politics and military.

Turkey's East Mediterranean policy is such that no one can any longer impose maritime borders, or determine our maritime borders for us according to their whims.

We say time and again that the natural gas and oil resources that are likely to be discovered in the eastern Mediterranean within Turkey's maritime borders are the future of the country and represent the biggest opportunity in a century fo Turkey has under its disposal in order to end its dependence on foreign energy.

Turkey has its most powerful military, economic and political advantages under its disposal to protect its right in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Thus, Turkey should not postpone its seismic exploration and drilling activities that it had launched in the eastern Mediterranean, on the contrary it should even give further momentum to these efforts and it should not give them up. What Greece’s deal with Egypt in the eastern Mediterranean should serve as a warning to what these parties are capable of doing the first chance they get while Turkey sits at the table with the mediator and tries to each a decision over its seismic exploration activities.

  • Turkey
  • East Med
  • Greece
  • Egypt
  • Null
  • Deal
  • EU
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