Vali Nasr: Iran, Turkey’s New Ally?

Vali Nasr,   dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SIAS) in Washington,  explains how the current rapprochement between Iran and the United States has has come at an opportune time for Turkey.  In the past several years,   Erdogan’s Middle East policy has unravelled in Egypt and Syria with “the United States stopped looking to Ankara for advice on how to manage the Middle East. Instead, Washington became concerned that the antigovernment protests sweeping the Arab world might destabilize Turkey, too.”

Nasr’s assessment may be too optimistic,  Iranian relations with Turkey have their own dynamics conditioned by competitive interests in Central Asia and Southern Europe. 


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