Iran-Turkey Relations in the 2000s: Pragmatic Rapprochement
Nilüfer KARACASULU,İrem Aşkar KARAKIR
The AK Party government’s Middle Eastern approach indicated a change from those of previous governments. Whilst aiming to conduct an active and influential political role in the Middle East, they have attempted to achieve ‘zero problems’ in their relations with neighbors as well as closer contact. This article examines Turkey’s relations with one of the states in the region – Iran. Under modified regional policy, the Turkish government aimed to maintain and expand relations with Iran. Particularly, strategic calculations on security, energy and economy are influential in transformation of the Turkish attitude towards Iran. At the same time, Iran appears willing to improve relations with Turkey for pragmatic reasons. What is evident for both countries is that though they both are tempting to improve mutual relations, they are at the same time searching ways to consolidate their regional role. In this connection, this article argues that there is a pragmatic rapprochement between the two countries. (153 words)
Turkey-Iran relations, Turkish foreign policy, AK Party government, Iranian foreign policy, Middle East
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