The Great Game in West Asia

CIRS Summary Report No. 17

36 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2018

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Mehran Kamrava

CIRS, Georgetown University-Qatar

Anatol Lieven

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Mahmood Monshipouri

San Francisco State University

Gareth Winrow

Independent

Hamid Ahmadi

California State University

Jeffrey Mankoff

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Meliha Benli Altunışık

Middle East Technical University (METU)

Bayram Balci

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar - Center for International and Regional Studies

Richard Giragosian

Regional Studies Center (RSC)

Alexander Kupatadze

St. Andrews University

Anar Valiyev

ADA University

Date Written: May 7, 2017

Abstract

The Great Game in West Asia examines the strategic competition between Iran and Turkey for power and influence in the South Caucasus. These neighboring Middle East powers have vied for supremacy and influence throughout the region and especially in their immediate vicinity, while contending with ethnic heterogeneity both within their own territories and across their borders. Turkey has long conceived of itself as not just a bridge between Asia and Europe but in more substantive terms as a central player in regional and global affairs. If somewhat more modest in its public statements, Iran’s parallel ambitions for strategic centrality and influence have only been masked by its own inarticulate foreign policy agendas and the repeated missteps of its revolutionary leaders. But both have sought to deepen their regional influence and power, and in the South Caucasus each has achieved a modicum of success. In fact, as the contributions to this volume demonstrate, as much of the world’s attention has been diverted to conflicts and flashpoints near and far, a new great game has been unravelling between Iran and Turkey in the South Caucasus.

Keywords: West Asia

Suggested Citation

Kamrava, Mehran and Lieven, Anatol and Monshipouri, Mahmood and Winrow, Gareth and Ahmadi, Hamid and Mankoff, Jeffrey and Benli Altunışık, Meliha and Balci, Bayram and Giragosian, Richard and Kupatadze, Alexander and Valiyev, Anar, The Great Game in West Asia (May 7, 2017). CIRS Summary Report No. 17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3174604

Mehran Kamrava

CIRS, Georgetown University-Qatar ( email )

Doha, DC 20057
Qatar

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Anatol Lieven

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1779 Massachuesetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Mahmood Monshipouri (Contact Author)

San Francisco State University ( email )

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
United States

Gareth Winrow

Independent

Hamid Ahmadi

California State University ( email )

School of Business Administration
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081
United States

Jeffrey Mankoff

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Meliha Benli Altunışık

Middle East Technical University (METU) ( email )

Ankara, 06531
Turkey

Bayram Balci

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar - Center for International and Regional Studies

Education City
Al Huqoul St
Doha, 23689
Qatar

Richard Giragosian

Regional Studies Center (RSC) ( email )

60 Aram street, #53, 3rd floor
Yerevan
Armenia

Alexander Kupatadze

St. Andrews University

United States

Anar Valiyev

ADA University ( email )

11 Ahmedbay Aghaoglu
Baki, AZ 1008
Baku, AZ 1008
Azerbaijan

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