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Turkey’s Iran policy between geostrategic pragmatism and alliance management : a case of dual strategic hedging

Pieper, Moritz 2015, 'Turkey’s Iran policy between geostrategic pragmatism and alliance management : a case of dual strategic hedging' , in: Politics and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives , The SETA Foundation, Washington, D.C., pp. 107-130.

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes Turkish foreign policy towards the Iranian nuclear program. The Turkish shuttle diplomacy with Tehran in 2009-2010 to negotiate a deal over Iran’s controversial nuclear program was an illustration of a remarkable foreign policy activism that served at least two purposes strategically. Assuring the U.S. of Turkey’s commitment to international diplomacy that were in line with Western security and non-proliferation priorities, Turkey’s mediation conveyed a prioritization of political dialogue and a rejection of sanctions as a counterproductive means of pressuring the Iranians at the same time. This chapter argues that Turkey’s mediation was a case of dual strategic hedging in that it managed to walk the line between alliance management and commitment to Western non-proliferation concerns (and an exercise of Great Power diplomacy and demonstration of Turkey’s foreign policy self-perception and portrayal), and safeguarding of Iranian interests and attempt to avert the imposition of sanctions at the same time. Doing so, a refined version of the concept of ‘strategic hedging’ in International Relations will be introduced to make sense of the foreign policy of states in a process of shifting centers of gravity in a multipolar world.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Ustun, Kadir, Kanat, Kilic Bugra and Tekelioglu, Ahmet Selim
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Publisher: The SETA Foundation
ISBN: 9786054023543
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Moritz Pieper
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 14:35
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 14:35
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38073

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