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Author Larrabee, F. Stephen, author.

Title Turkish-Iranian relations in a changing Middle East / F. Stephen Larrabee, Alireza Nader.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource (xi, 46 pages).
Series RAND Corporation research report series
Research report (Rand Corporation)
Note At head of title: Rand National Defense Research Institute.
"Prepared for the National Intelligence Council."
Contents Purpose and organization of the study -- Turkey and Iran in a changing Middle East -- Israel and the Palestinian issue -- Central Asia and the Caucasus -- The nuclear issue -- The economic dimension -- Prospects for the future.
Note Online version; title from PDF title page (Rand, viewed November 13, 2013).
Summary Turkish-Iranian cooperation has visibly intensified in recent years, thanks in part to Turkish energy needs and Iran's vast oil and natural gas resources. However, Turkey and Iran tend to be rivals rather than close partners. While they may share certain economic and security interests, especially regarding the Kurdish issue, their interests are at odds in many areas across the Middle East. Turkey's support for the opposition in Syria, Iran's only true state ally in the Middle East, is one example. Iraq has also become a field of growing competition between Turkey and Iran. Iran's nuclear program has been a source of strain and divergence in U.S.-Turkish relations. However, the differences between the United States and Turkey regarding Iran's nuclear program are largely over tactics, not strategic goals. Turkey's main fear is that Iran's acquisition of nuclear arms could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. This, in turn, could increase pressure on the Turkish government to consider developing its own nuclear weapon capability. U.S. and Turkish interests have become more convergent since the onset of the Syrian crisis. However, while U.S. and Turkish interests in the Middle East closely overlap, they are not identical. Thus, the United States should not expect Turkey to follow its policy toward Iran unconditionally. Turkey has enforced United Nations sanctions against Iran but, given Ankara's close energy ties to Tehran, may be reluctant to undertake the harshest measures against Iran.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 39-46).
Funding The research described in this report was prepared for the National Intelligence Council ... under Contract W74V8H-06-C-0002.
Subject Turkey -- Foreign relations -- Iran.
Iran -- Foreign relations -- Turkey.
Middle East -- Strategic aspects.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- International.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- Trade & Tariffs.
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Strategic aspects of individual places. (OCoLC)fst01355062
Iran. (OCoLC)fst01204889
Middle East. (OCoLC)fst01241586
Turkey. (OCoLC)fst01208963
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Nader, Alireza, author.
National Defense Research Institute (U.S.), author.
Rand Corporation, publisher.
National Intelligence Council (U.S.), addressee.
Other Form: Print version: Larrabee, F. Stephen. Turkish-Iranian relations in a changing Middle East. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013 9780833080110 (DLC) 2013032707
ISBN 9780833080356 (electronic bk.)
0833080350 (electronic bk.)
9780833080332 (electronic bk.)
0833080334 (electronic bk.)
9780833080110 (paperback: alk. paper)
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