• B. Sinkaya - Turkey-Iran Relations after the JDP

    Bayram Sinkaya, Turkey-Iran Relations after the JDP [Dossiers de l'IFEA - La Turquie aujourd'hui 26], Istanbul, IFEA. ISBN 9782362450754 DOI 10.4000/books.ifeagd.2934


    After the JDP came to power in Turkey in 2002, much has changed in Turkish foreign policy as well as profound changes in international, regional and domestic contexts surrounding it. Particularly fluctuations in Turkish-Iranian relations in the course of seventeen years have been very puzzling, and complicated, which made it worthy of study. Once, relations between the two states have so improved that some pundits regarded it as an evidence of shift of axis in Turkish foreign policy. Soon later, Ankara and Tehran embroiled in a regional competition that reminded the Ottoman-Safavid rivalry of the 16th century with its strategic and sectarian implications. Later on, they have developed amicable relations. Against this background one may question how could we understand that very dynamic nature of Turkish-Iranian relations? Considering this complicated and dynamic picture, we should analyse decisive factors in the relations between Ankara and Tehran. In other words, what has changed - and has been changing - in Turkish-Iranian relations after the JDP? In order to comprehend the complicated and dynamic interactions between Ankara and Tehran, this research goes beyond the JDP period in Turkey and put forward a review of the history of Turkish-Iranian relations. And then, it focuses on the JDP period and analyse relations between Ankara and Tehran from diplomatic, economic and regional perspectives. Finally, it makes some speculations on the future of Turkish-Iranian relations. It argues that the complicated relationship between the two countries have been determined by a configuration of geopolitical context, structural factors, and the ruling elite. The JDP elite have employed rationalization, institutionalization and compartmentalization strategies to further Turkish-Iranian relations. However, they could not go beyond the diplomatic culture that set the longer history of interactions between the two countries on a fine course between bitter rivalry and friendly relations.

  • TBILISSI Gilles Favarel – Garigues "Fighting corruption and money laundering in Russia and Europe" Aleko Kupatadze "Revolutions and Organised Crime : Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgizistan" 29/09/2009

    Tuesday, September 29th, Tbilissi, Chavchavadze University
    At 16:00
    Mr Gilles Favarel – Garigues(Center for International Studies and Research (CERI),
    Paris, France): “Fighting corruption and money laundering in Russia and Europe.
    Sociological analysis”
    Mr Aleko Kupatadze(Phd Candidate, University of St. Andrews, UK): "Coloured
    Revolutions and Organised Crime : Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgizistan"
    Mr Alexandre Kukhianidze (Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University)
    Mr Thornike Gordadze, (French Institute of Anatolian Studies, IFEA)