1st Edition

Turkish-Russian Relations Competition and Cooperation in Eurasia

By Fatma Kelkitli Copyright 2017
    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    As the two most influential and powerful actors in Eurasia the nature of the Turkish-Russian relationship affects the situation in the Black Sea, South Caucasus, Central Asia and Middle East and steers the foreign policy formulations of both regional states and global powers. Examining post-Cold War relations between Eurasia’s most prominent actors, this book takes into account regional dynamics and global power struggles and identifies three important stages in Turkish-Russian relations during the period. Using complex interdependency theory the author offers valuable insights into the initial confrontational period and its transition to an atmosphere of compromise, cooperation and the evolution of multi-dimensional partnership. Leadership theory then explains the most recent deterioration in rapport as crises in Syria and Ukraine have placed severe strain on the previously warm bilateral relations.

    PART I

    Multiple ties that bind Turkey and Russia

    1- Flourishing of a multifaceted relationship


    The issues of competition and cooperation

    2- Clashing positions amidst attempts to gain ground in the South Caucasus

    3- Low-intensity Turkish-Russian rivalry in the Steppes of Central Asia

    4-Collaboration in the Black Sea

    5- Sensitive spots: Chechen and Kurdish matters

    6- The growing gap in the Middle East


    Consolidation of economic association

    7- Broadening and deepening of economic bonds





    Fatma Aslı Kelkitli is Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at Istanbul Arel University. Her academic research interests encompass international relations theory, Turkish foreign policy, Turkish-Russian relations, Russian foreign policy as well as Middle Eastern affairs with special emphasis on Iran.