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Natural disasters and nuclear critical infrastructure negotiations: conflict resolution in Turkey

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Nuclear energy critical infrastructure conflicts have taken on an increased importance in the past decade, as the energy needs of humanity increase. Turkey, a country looking for new ways to meet an increasing energy demand, has sought to purchase nuclear plants. This paper investigates a controversial nuclear power plant that was proposed to be built at Akkuyu Bay on Turkey's Mediterranean coast north of Cyprus and the resulting conflict. Specifically, this paper uses the decision support system GMCR II to analyse the strategic aspects of a multi-participant nuclear critical infrastructure conflict involving the governments of Turkey and Canada, in addition to environmental parties. Critical infrastructure risks and vulnerabilities are among the most important and controversial issues in this conflict. It is shown that conflict resolution tools are appropriate for use in critical infrastructure negotiation problems.

Keywords: participatory planning, earthquake risks, conflict resolution, decision support systems, DSS, critical infrastructures, nuclear energy, Turkey, natural disasters, strategic decision making, Canada, risk assessment, vulnerability assessment

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