The Strategic Interaction between Turkey and Iran in the Syrian Crisis: A Game Theoretical Analysis of the Time Frame from 2011 to 2015

Sarı B.

Bilig / Türk Dünyası Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, vol.0, no.87, pp.203-227, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 0 Issue: 87
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: Bilig / Türk Dünyası Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.203-227
  • Police Academy Affiliated: Yes


The Syrian crisis has revealed the clashing strategic interests of Turkeyand Iran. The two states are pursuing opposite policies on the Syriancrisis to such an extent that Turkish regional policies concentrate onthe overthrow of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, whereas Iran devotes itsresources to helping the regime stay in power. The reasons of theseclashing policies are important that they reflect regional objectivesof Turkey and Iran. In this respect, this study investigates the causalrelationship between the regional ambitions of Turkey and Iran, asthe independent variable, and the contradictory policies of these twocountries in the Syrian crisis, as the dependent variable. By doing so,it aims to articulate the role of Turkish and Iranian regional ambitionsby taking into account their clashing policies towards the Syriancrisis from 2011 to 2015, the time frame before the Astana Process.As of the methodology, this study applies game theoretical modelingbecause this methodology helps manifestation of a cause-and-effectrelationship in a systematized way.