Nader Habibi
Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center, Brandeis University 



Turkey and Iran: Growing Economic Relations Despite Western Sanctions

Turkey and Iran

Nader Habibi
Middle East Brief 62, May 2012


As the tenth anniversary of the landmark visit by then Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer to Iran approaches, Prof. Nader Habibi analyses the evolution of Turkish-Iranian relations over the past decade with emphasis on how these relations have been influenced by international sanctions against Iran. This Brief argues that the growing economic ties between Turkey and Iran increase in geopolitical significance as Western and Middle Eastern countries attempt to influence the course of Iran's nuclear efforts. Prof. Habibi concludes that economic relations with Turkey will play an important role in how Iran will respond to the latest round of sanctions against its central bank and oil sales.     

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