LISD Lunch Seminar Series: Iran's Challenge and Opportunity for Turkey and the Gulf Arab States

Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 12:00 pm
Location: 
012 Bendheim Hall
Audience: 
Princeton Faculty and Researchers
Princeton Students
Speaker(s): 
Sponsor(s): 
Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination
Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies

The forging partnership between Turkey and the Arab States of the Persian Gulf has aimed in part to thwart efforts by Iran to expand its regional influence. Unable to forge a steady alliance with Ankara, Tehran uses it as buffer against the hostile currents it faces from the the Gulf Arab states. This grants Turkey a central role to manage regional conflicts between Iran and the Gulf Arabs. It also presents it with the wider Iranian challenge that aims to build a wedge between Ankara and the Gulf Arabs. How this dynamic plays out can determine the outcome of the regional conflicts these players face.