Developing National Competence in Nuclear Energy: The Case of Turkey

  • Hatice Karahan


Turkey's economy has long dealt with current account deficit, which stems largely from its energy dependence on foreign countries. The insufficiency of national energy resources poses challenges for Turkey not only economically but also in terms of energy supply security. In this regard, Turkey recently launched plans related to nuclear energy, which will be carried out with international collaboration, as has been done by many countries around the world. On the other hand, nuclear power requires responsibility and careful thought regarding its sustainability. That is why any country attempting to develop a nuclear energy sector should adopt a comprehensive and well-formulated nuclear strategy. Turkey needs one, too. This chapter draws up a basic framework for the main pillars of a national nuclear strategy and underlines the critical considerations in developing competence in nuclear energy. Within this context, the discussion of Turkey’s case revolves around the factors to be developed.


Nuclear energy Nuclear power plants National competence Turkey 

JEL Codes

O13 Q42 Q43 Q48 



Atoms for Peace




Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey


European Commission




International Atomic Energy Agency




Not in My Backyard


Nuclear Power Plant


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


Turkish Atomic Energy Authority


Turkish Electricity Trade and Contract Corporation


Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey


Turkish Statistical Institute


World Nuclear Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hatice Karahan
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  1. 1.Department of Economics and Finance, School of BusinessIstanbul Medipol UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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