Iran and Turkey Are Squaring Off in the South Caucasus

Iran and Turkey Are Squaring Off in the South Caucasus
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi attend a joint press briefing at the Saadabad Palace, in Tehran, Iran, July 19, 2022 (AP photo by Vahid Salemi).

If Iran’s moves over the past couple months are any indication, Turkey’s growing influence in the South Caucasus, especially its alliance with Azerbaijan, has heightened Tehran’s sense of unease. Iran now sees the prospect of an arc of Turkey-aligned states emerging as a powerful Turkic alliance along its northern borders.

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