1979-1990 TERM TURKEY – IRAN RELATIONS
1979-1990 DÖNEMİ TÜRKİYE – İRAN İLİŞKİLERİ

Author : Ahmet ÖZKAYA
Number of pages : 432-444

Summary

Turkey and Iran are neighboring countries with a long history. These lands have been the area of Turkish domination for a long time, from Timur to the Nadir Khan and Shah Is-mail. Today, 1/3 of the population still living in this land is Turkish. During this long peri-od, there were some peaceful and sometimes high-tension policies. Turkey's present bor-ders with Iran is the oldest line. The detection of this border dates back to 1699. This 560-kilometer border could not cut the common past. For this reason, at the beginning of the Republic, in the period of Atatürk, have acted peaceful politics and beyond, joint action in common pacts. Yet, there were different approaches in relations between 1979 -1990. The Iranian revolution and the war with Iraq have risen question marks for a secular and dem-ocratic Turkey. Unlike strict secularist circles, Özal focused on achieving common eco-nomic benefits than differences in religious and cultural understanding. The suspicions that Iran had an impact on the murders of Bahriye Üçok, Turan Dursun, Çetin Emeç, and even Uğur Mumcu stay fresh. The main topics of the article are the political events be-tween secular and theocratic assessment between 1979-1990 and their effects. This inter-national political process has supported by an evaluation of the last 40 years of news and analysis related to Turkey by Iran's official news agency (IRNA). Thus, the original find-ings have revealed.

Keywords

Turkey, Iran, Khomeini, Turgut Özal, Competition, Peaceful Foreign Policy

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