Turkish-Iranian relations in the post-arab spring period: a historical sociological/foreign policy analysis

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This thesis offers a Historical-Sociological (HS) and Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) of the development of Iranian-Turkish relations in the post-Arab Spring period from 2011-2016. This thesis seeks to explore the changes and continuities that have affected Turkish-Iranian relations by looking through the prism of Historical Sociology and Foreign Policy Analysis. Firstly, this thesis will explore the background to the Turkey-Iran relationship from 1979-2011 and outline the historical path dependencies that have shaped this relationship including political, economic, trade, energy, regional and strategic. Following this, this thesis will apply the HS/FPA framework in the analysis of two case studies: 1) the Arab Spring and Syrian Crisis from 2011-2016 and 2) the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006-2015. Through an analysis of these two case studies, this thesis will identify how historical continuities, domestic considerations as well as regional and international influences affect the relationship between Iran and Turkey. From an analysis of these two case studies, it will establish that such an approach provides a more detailed and sophisticated understanding of Turkish-Iranian relations beyond the already established scholarly discourse.  


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Citation Formats
I. W. MacGillivray, “Turkish-Iranian relations in the post-arab spring period: a historical sociological/foreign policy analysis,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.