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Turkey, Russia and Iran in the Middle EastBy Way of a Conclusion

Turkey, Russia and Iran in the Middle East: By Way of a Conclusion CHAPTER 13 Michel Duclos Much less knowledgeable than the authors of the preceding chapters, I am aware of the immense honor that was bestowed on me when I was asked to conclude this book. I will try to accomplish this task with the humility that is appropriate for one who is just a simple practitioner of diplomacy and, moreover, a generalist. Let us begin with a question: Is there not something artificial in talking about a “triangle” of Turkey-Iran-Russia? To a certain extent, yes there is. Firstly, because it is difficult to imagine in this way three countries, three former empires, which have been marked by a long history of rivalry and conflicts that has left behind it reflexes of deep distrust. Then because Turkey and Iran are not, if we can put it this way, playing in the same league as Russia. This is a global power, undoubtedly down- graded but retaining a particular status on account of its nuclear arsenal, its seat as a permanent member of the Security Council and lastly its fierce determination to keep its “rank” on the international stage. Iran and Turkey are regional powers, as are Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel. Geographical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Turkey, Russia and Iran in the Middle EastBy Way of a Conclusion

Editors: Balci, Bayram; Monceau, Nicolas

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
ISBN
978-3-030-80290-5
Pages
235 –246
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-80291-2_13
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Abstract

CHAPTER 13 Michel Duclos Much less knowledgeable than the authors of the preceding chapters, I am aware of the immense honor that was bestowed on me when I was asked to conclude this book. I will try to accomplish this task with the humility that is appropriate for one who is just a simple practitioner of diplomacy and, moreover, a generalist. Let us begin with a question: Is there not something artificial in talking about a “triangle” of Turkey-Iran-Russia? To a certain extent, yes there is. Firstly, because it is difficult to imagine in this way three countries, three former empires, which have been marked by a long history of rivalry and conflicts that has left behind it reflexes of deep distrust. Then because Turkey and Iran are not, if we can put it this way, playing in the same league as Russia. This is a global power, undoubtedly down- graded but retaining a particular status on account of its nuclear arsenal, its seat as a permanent member of the Security Council and lastly its fierce determination to keep its “rank” on the international stage. Iran and Turkey are regional powers, as are Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel. Geographical

Published: Sep 15, 2021

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