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Bayram Sinkaya

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Yıldırım Beyazıt University,
Bayram Sinkaya
Saudi Arabia and Iran: Soft Power Rivalry in the Middle East
July 1, 2015
Recently, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran has become an interesting topic to study because of the rise of sectarian politics. However, there are few scholarly studies exclusively addressing Iran-Saudi Arabia relations.
Rationalization of Turkey-Iran Relations: Prospects and Limits
April 1, 2012
This article examines Turkish-Iranian relations in the 2000s, when the two countries initiated an unprecedented rapprochement. It argues that modification of foreign policy paradigms in Turkey and Iran led to the rationalization of bilateral relations that paved the way for improvement of economic and political ties between the two states. In addition to the rationalization, a supportive regional context helped them expand their relations. However, structural differences prevent the Turkish-Iranian rapprochement from turning into a strategic partnership. Moreover, restructuring of the regional context and rise of the specter of a conflictual relationship, which is still alive, threaten the future of Turkish-Iranian relations.

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