Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Houman Sadri

Second Advisor

Dr. Arthur Gunlicks

Third Advisor

Dr. John Outland


The primary purpose of this thesis is to offer a policy analysis of bilateral agreements, between Iran and Turkmenistan from late 1991 to the summer of 1994, the main focus of which is to identify possible gaps between theory and practice or policy making and policy implemelltation. My hope is to add to our knowledge of the little understood, but nonetheless significant, Central Asian countries and their emerging relationships with neighboring countries. The approach of this paper is based on an extensive chronology, consisting of numerous, detailed examples of cooperation, agreements, contracts, proposals, construction, and other aspects of infrastructure between Iran and Turkmenistan. The majority of the data is found in the Foreign Broadcast Information Service publication (FBIS) and in the various libraries and sources on Lexis/Nexis. As of the summer of 1994, I have demonstrated that there is a significant gap between theory and practice or policy making and policy implementation with respect to bilateral infrastructure agreements and other cooperation agreements between Iran and Turkmenistan.