Turkey and Saudi Arabia are not natural allies, with their relationship overshadowed by many factors, including their historical rivalry during the Ottoman era; their respective relations with Iran, Egypt, and the Muslim Brotherhood; and the largely negative view of Saudi Arabia held by Turks. Yet relations between the two countries, both Sunni, have recently become stronger, to the extent of creating a formal (anti-Shiite) alliance. This article surveys the common interests driving this rapprochement, and examines the tensions that threaten it. It concludes that the relationship serves a short-term pragmatic purpose, but is restricted in its long-term potential.
|Original language||American English|
|State||Published - 2017|