Turkish-Saudi Relations: Cooperation or Rivalry?

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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 languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)307-329
JournalMaghreb Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017


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