Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 11/2014

Exploring the Prospects for Russian-Turkish Cooperation in a Turbulent Neighborhood

Memduh Karakulluk├žu, Dmitri Trenin

September 2014

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


In 2013, Global Relations Forum in Istanbul and the Carnegie Moscow Center established a Working Group dedicated to exploring the potential for regional cooperation between Turkey and Russia. The Working Group was tasked with generating new thinking on how cooperation between the two countries could be practically advanced. It aims to facilitate a better understanding of the mutual interests in bilateral relations and to help build a more practical working relationship. The Working Group includes former senior government officials, diplomats, military officers, and leading experts from both countries. From the outset, members of the group have been working as one team. This paper is a product of their cooperation.