Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

Inheriting a legacy of imperial competition, the Turkey-Iran rivalry today manifests itself through the contest for leadership of the Arab Middle East, and Muslim hearts and minds more generally. The authors contend that Turkey and Iran’s relationship transcends the boundaries of amity or enmity that traditionally define actors in the modern Middle East state system. Rather, Ankara and Tehran have been able to successfully compartmentalize elements of their rivalry while strengthening bilateral ties and expanding areas of economic cooperation. The authors posit that the present-day Turko-Iranian relationship falls in the category of neither friend nor enemy, but rather that of frenemy.

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Merve Tahiroğlu & Behnam Ben Taleblu
Merve Tahiroğlu & Behnam Ben Taleblu Merve Tahiroğlu is a Research Associate focusing on Turkey at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). Behnam Ben Taleblu is an Iran Research Analyst at FDD. Both are based in Washington, DC.
From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ takes up a myriad of issues that the Middle East is grappling with today: from protracted conflicts and the increasing complexity of proxy wars, to changing regional blocs and emerging powers. The Arab uprisings of 2011 remain an important fulcrum for the changing political landscape of the Middle East, and as many of our authors contend, the underlying problems and basic drivers...
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