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Turkey and Iran discussing the future under the impact of the Arab Spring 29 novembre 2013

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Al Jazeera Center for Studies (Qatar) May 5, 2013

Bülent Aras *

Neither Turkish nor Iranian policy makers would have expected a radical transformation in their neighborhood that would have had a drastic impact on their relationship during the most recent period. Turkey and Brazil struck a Tehran deal with Iranian administration with a perspective to satisfy the international community’s concerns on nuclear issue in 2010. Turkey’s alternative approach to the Iranian nuclear issue was enough evidence for policy and academic circles in the West to argue that there was a shift of axis to the East. The Tehran deal turned out to be a failed roll of a dice that fell into deaf ears in Washington.(1) Turkey voted NO for the draft UN sanctions on Iran as non-permanent member of UN Security Council. These subsequent developments left a significant trace of suspicion in the capitals of the long-time allies and neighboring countries on Turkish-Iranian rapprochement. To the utmost shock of policy makers and analysts, however, the positive atmosphere left its place to the speculations of escalating tension on Syria conflict with Ankara and Tehran’s conflicting perspectives on regional issues in a short period of time.

* Bülent Aras is the chairman of the Foreign Ministry’s Strategic Research Center since November 2010. He is also a public policy fellow with Wilson Center and an academic advisor to the minister of foreign affairs. He has taught at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of Istanbul Technical University.

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