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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Ataman
 
First Name:
Muhittin
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
TURKEY AND THE GULF STATES AFTER THE ARAB SPRING: OLD FRIENDS, NEW PARTNERS
 
Paper Proposal Text :
This paper seeks to assess the current state of relations between Turkey and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council and aims to tease out their underlying dynamics and a future possible evolution of foreign policies. This paper argues that a mutual advantage is going to occur due to developing relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries, especially after the Arab Uprisings which pushed both sides to re-shape their foreign policies. For Turkey to achieve its regional goals, it needs to develop its relations with the Gulf countries, especially with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There are four main reasons that urge the Gulf countries to further develop their relations with Turkey. (1) Turkey is considered to be the only country that has the capacity to neutralize Iran or any other regional threat after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. (2) Neo-Ottomanism has not been an uneasy impact on the Gulf countries since they have never been ruled by the Ottoman Empire. (3) Turkey has outstood with its independent stance in the region especially after its veto to American invasion of Iraq and its firm stance against the policies of Israel. (4) Political and economic progress achieved by Turkey during the last decade has made Turkey’s economy more attractive for the investments of the Gulf countries which need to diversify their economies. However, the Gulf countries have two main concerns about Turkey’s partnership which the paper is going to examine: Turkey’s relations with Iran and Turkey’s developing relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government which will enable Turkey to sign new oil agreements.
 
 
 

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