The Turkey, Russia, Iran Nexus—Abbreviated Edition

Driving Forces and Strategies

This report presents the key findings of an 18-month CSIS project to assess the forces and interests shaping relations among Turkey, Russia, and Iran; the strategies that these governments are pursuing to manage differences and sustain cooperation; and how these dynamics are influencing regional developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, Caucasus, and Central Asia. It includes an executive summary and the second chapter, “Driving Forces and Strategies in Turkey, Russia, Iran Relations” of a longer report that will be published in June. The full report will examine the regional and geostrategic implications of these dynamics and offer further recommendations for managing U.S. relations with each of the three countries and influencing regional developments in the advancement of critical U.S. interests.

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Jon Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program

Andrew C. Kuchins

Stephen Flanagan