Turkey’s fluctuating relations with iran, 2002-2019: the regionalist perspective

Savaş Yalçınkaya, Zehra Funda
This thesis examines Turkey’s fluctuatingforeign policy attitudes toward Iran between 2002-2019based on the regionalist perspective. While there was a significant improvement in Turkey’s relations with Iran in the early 2000s, Turkish foreign policy attitude toward Iran became tense following the Arab Uprisings that startedin 2011 and has become manageable again since 2016. To understand such a floatingchange of relations between two regional powers, this thesis uses the regionalist perspectivesof both Buzan and Wæver’sRegional Security Complex Theory (RSCT) and Lake and Morgan’s theory of regional orders. In this sense, it focuses on the local security externalitiesof Middle Eastern security complex and analyzes to what extent they have an impact on the regional positions of both Turkey and Iran.By considering their relations with the extra-regional powers and non-state armed groups in the region,it argues that the regional level, where the actions of both local and global actors intersect, is the most appropriate levelof analysisfor understanding Turkey-Iran relations during this period.
Citation Formats
Z. F. Savaş Yalçınkaya, “Turkey’s fluctuating relations with iran, 2002-2019: the regionalist perspective,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.