After a decade of gradual rapprochement, Iran and Turkey have experienced heightened tensions in the past year over the Syrian crisis and the West’s efforts to contain Iran’s nuclear program. What continues to bind these two neighbors, however, is a complex and deepening state of energy interdependence that will likely continue to exert a moderating effect on both sides, despite their differences.

Despite Differences Over Syria, Booming Energy Ties Bind Iran and Turkey

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After a decade of gradual rapprochement anchored by booming bilateral energy ties and close coordination on combating Kurdish separatists, Iran and Turkey are struggling to maintain a veneer of mutual amity and cooperation.

In recent months, Iran and Turkey have shown growing signs of estrangement. At the heart of their differences lie the Syrian crisis and Ankara’s gradual alignment with the West’s efforts to check Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The two neighbors continue to be bound, however, by a complex and deepening state of energy interdependence, which explains why both sides continue to exercise a measure of self-restraint in their engagements with one another. ...

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