Turkey has increased its diplomacy, trade, and investment with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and since September 2008 has committed to a “strategic dialogue” with the GCC. Can Turkey and the GCC engage in security cooperation to meet common threats emanating from a nuclear Iran, radical Islamists, and instability in Iraq? Turkey's need to obtain Iranian energy supplies and cooperation in combating Kurdish terrorism and GCC concerns not to alienate Iran suggest that Turkey and the GCC will proceed cautiously and will need to take additional steps to facilitate their security cooperation.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Political Science, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, USA,Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
March 1, 2009