Iran-Turkey Relations, 1979-2011

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Conceptualising the Dynamics of Politics, Religion and Security in Middle-Power States

Author: Suleyman Elik

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (10 Oct 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415680875
ISBN-13: 978-0415680875

Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

Categories: Comparative Politics, Middle East Politics, Foreign Policy, Security Studies - Pol & Intl Relns, Security Studies - Military & Strategic, International Security, Middle East Studies, Iranian Studies, Middle East Politics

Product Description

Both Turkey and Iran are large and important countries in the Middle East; how these two countries relate to each other is of crucial importance both for the region and for the wider world. This book explores the diplomatic, security and energy relations of these two middle power states since 1979, analysing the impact of religious, political and social transformation on their bilateral relationship. It considers the nature of Turkey-Iran relations in the context of middle power relations theory, and goes on to look at diplomatic crises that have taken place between Turkey and Iran since 1979. The author analyses Turkey and Iran’s security relations with the wider Middle East, including the Kurdish-Turkish War, the Kurdish-Iranian War and the Kurdish-Arab War, and their impact on regional politics.


Introduction 1. The Foundations of Turkish-Iranian Relations: An alternative Approach to the Politics of Middle-Power States 2. An Interregnum: Turkish -Iranian Diplomatic Crises 3. The Phantom of Terror in Turkish-Iranian Relations 4. Post -Cold War Turkish-Iranian Security Relations: A Revival of the Kurdish-Turkish War and Security Patterns in the Middle East 5. Post-Cold War Security Relations of Turkey-Iran: From Ethno-Religious Conflict To New Security Systems In Central Asia And The Caucasus 6. Post-Cold War Turkey-Iran Energy Relations in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea Neighborhood: Implications for European Energy Security 7. Pathologies And Roundups In Turkish-Iranian Economic Relations Since 1979 8. Capacities of The Middle - Power State: Articulation of Theoretical Framework

Iran-Turkey Relations 1979-2011

By: Stephen McGlinchey June 12, 2012

Iran-Turkey Relations 1979-2011 by Suleyman Elik does exactly what its title promises, and more. Considering the spreading of the Arab spring into Syria, Elik’s analysis – which encompasses regional politics and religious issues – is highly topical and very timely. Elik weaves a highly readable account of more than thirty years of diplomatic, security and energy relations – and in doing so establishes the central importance of both nations and their relations with each other to the wider regional political landscape.

While there is much here for the diplomatic history enthusiast there is also a strong theoretical underpinning to the text via the use of middle-power relations theory. More specifically, a bespoke sub-type developed by the author for this case study: a middle-power states framework. Out of all the books featured here, this is the title most at home in the international relations theory camp, and readers should expect a heavy dose of theoretical analysis. As such, IR students and researchers will find much of interest of here as the case study is presented not just for its own sake – but also as an exploration and application of the aforementioned theoretical model, which is carefully integrated throughout the volume, forming its analytical focal point.

The utility of this book for many in the IR camp will ultimately fall on how well the particular reader feels that the theory used has been developed and defended. And, whether the reader agrees with Elik that the approach taken has been successful in contextualising and explaining the relationship of these two ‘middle-power’ states. On a personal note I found the case study of Iran-Turkey relations a worthwhile investment irrespective of the theoretical overlay – and in that sense the book offers something of a dual purpose that should satisfy both IR theory and non-theory inclined readers.

About the Author

Suleyman Elik is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Energy Institute, and School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, UK.