Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently visited Istanbul to mark the opening of the Marmaray, a mammoth tunneling project connecting Europe with Asia beneath the waters of the Bosphorus. Constructed at a cost of more than $4 billion, the project is an iconic example of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grand vision for Turkey. More ambitious still is Erdogan’s plan to build an extensive nuclear power program, virtually overnight, in a country that currently has no nuclear power plants. The prime minister hopes to have two nuclear power plants, with four reactors each, online in time for the Turkish Republic’s 2023 centennial.
During Abe’s visit, the two countries signed a joint declaration on nuclear energy cooperation (.pdf), and announced an agreement between Turkey and the Franco-Japanese joint venture ATMEA that brings both parties closer to signing a deal for the construction of four 1,200-megawatt reactors at Sinop. Turkey previously concluded an intergovernmental agreement with Russia in 2010 for that country to build, own, operate and finance four VVER-1200 power reactors at Akkuyu. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $18 monthly or $118/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- Diplomatic Fallout: Lacking Security Strategy, EU Counts on Nearby Crises to Absorb Threats
- International Law Solutions Fall Short for Israelis, Palestinians in Gaza Conflict
- The Realist Prism: On Iran and Russia, Obama Gambling for More Time
- World Citizen: In Israel, Pragmatism Could Trump Ideology After the Fighting
- Strategic Horizons: U.S. Must Rethink Unsustainable Counterterrorism Strategy