Turkey and Iran Seek to Insulate Economic Ties From Syria Tensions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint news conference, Ankara, Turkey, April 16, 2016 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint news conference, Ankara, Turkey, April 16, 2016 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).

Last week, a Turkish energy firm signed a $4.2 billion deal for the construction of seven natural gas power plants in Iran, the largest investment deal in Iran since international sanctions over its nuclear program were lifted. In an email interview, Nader Habibi, the Henry J. Leir professor of economics of the Middle East in Brandeis University’s Crown Center for Middle East Studies, discussed the evolution of Turkish-Iranian ties. WPR: What were the main areas of political, economic and energy cooperation between Turkey and Iran pre-2011, and what impact did international sanctions on Iran and the Syrian conflict subsequently have […]

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