Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs

Special Issue, “Energy Policy and IR”


Guest Editor: Mert Bilgin, Ph.D.

Professor of International Relations

Istanbul Medipol University



Perceptions is an international, refereed journal of international affairs with a wide-ranging reader portfolio including academia, students, policy makers, NGO members, diplomatic corps, journalists, managers and investors.  The journal is published by the Strategic Research Center (SAM) of Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Abstracting / indexing 

Columbia International Affairs Online, CSA Index, Gale-Cengage, Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East, EBSCO, European Sources Online, Index Islamicus, International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA), Lancaster Index to Defense & International Security Literature, PAIS Index, Pro Quest, Turkish Academic Network and Information Center (TÜBİTAK - ULAKBIM)


Current issues in regional and global energy issues include a myriad of challenges and opportunities stemming from the energy sector. This special issue on energy policy and International Relations (IR) aims at bringing out academic findings on issues that affect various processes of energy business, energy diplomacy and energy economics with reference to theory and policy-making aspects of international relations. Normative, qualitative, quantitative and relevant heterodox methodological approaches are applicable.

Subject Coverage

Coverage of this special issue of Perceptions includes, but is not limited to, the link between International Relations and following subjects:

1-    Oil prices.

2-    Energy investments.

3-    Legal and normative frameworks.

4-    The impact of shale.

5-    The state of renewables.

6-    The state of nuclear energy.

7-    Discrepancies between pricing mechanisms of spot, contractual and long-term contractual agreements.

8-    The rise of natural gas as a remarkable energy security parameter and yet with further geopolitical competition.

9-    Capabilities and restraints of natural resource based economies and their political outcomes.

10-Conventional and unconventional production.

11- Markets and consumption patterns.

12-Spatial competition in the Arctic, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa.

13-Energy, environment and sustainable development.

14- Energy and power politics.

15- Energy cooperation at regional and global scales.

16- Energy, global powers and regional power incumbents.

17-Energy transport and transit corridors.

Notes for Authors

Papers, between 6000-8000 words, should be original achievements neither have been published nor submitted to elsewhere. All papers are subject to a peer review process. Further information on author guidelines, sample copies and peer review process is available in Guide for Authors at journal’s web-page

Editors and Notes

Please send a copy of your manuscript in an MS Word file attachment by e-mail (details in Guide for Authors) to the guest editor ( ) and do not hesitate to contact for any queries.

Important Dates

Abstracts:  24 May 2016

Full manuscript submission: 24 November 2016
Deadline for final submission: 22 December 2016