from GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, entitled "The
Northern Tier Powers of Iran and Turkey, and the Rapid
Rise of Political Islam, Expose a Lack of Western
Understanding and Strategies".
Analysis. By Dr Assad Homayoun for GIS/Defense &
Foreign Affairs. It is now clear that the West has no
coherent strategies to cope with Iran and Turkey, the
two important powers in the greater Middle East.
Iran and Turkey dominate this zone of the greater
Middle East, which extends from the Caucasus and
Central Asia to the Indian Ocean, and from the Pamir
Mountains to the Mediterranean. It is a region which
contains perhaps 70 percent of the known world oil and
gas energy reserves, is a major center of religious and
ethnic rivalry; and is home to the Arab-Israeli
dispute, international terrorism, and the proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction.
If the West is to cope with this reality, then it needs
to better understand both of these powers,
historically, and to understand the nature of the force
which essentially drives them: political Islam.