A comparision of Turkey's and Iran's Foreign Policies Towards Yemeni and Libyan Wars in the Level of Regional Analysis

Okumuş, E, Esra
Civil wars broke out in Libya and Yemen after the Arab Uprisings and increased the instability in the region. As non-Arab regional actors, Turkey and Iran pursued active foreign policies towards the conflict countries. Their policies and involvements are considerable and critical factors on the courses of events in the Middle East regional security complex. This thesis questions “why” and “in what ways” Turkey and Iran are involved in the civil wars in the region. It examines the regional foreign policy patterns and interests of the actors in a comparative way by putting Libya and Yemen wars into perspective. To do so, this study evaluates the involvement process in the wars of the actors considering the involvers’ motives, methods, and timing in a regional perspective. The motives are determined as strategic interests and humanitarian purposes, while the methods are classified as use of force and whether the involvement is biased or non-biased. The study concludes with the argument that the enmity/amity relations in the region and the foreign policy decisions of the actors have impacts on that of the other. The actors involve in the cases regarding their vi regional interests and developments, and they determine their involvement tools and priorities them with respect to their interests.


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Citation Formats
E. Okumuş, “A comparision of Turkey’s and Iran’s Foreign Policies Towards Yemeni and Libyan Wars in the Level of Regional Analysis,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.