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Turkey’s Comeback to Central Asia



Type:   Article
Titre:   Turkey’s Comeback to Central Asia
Auteur(s):   Balci, Bayram - Centre de recherches internationales (Auteur)
Liles, Thomas (Auteur)
In:   Insight Turkey
Date de publication:   2018-12
Éditeur:   TURQUIE
Volume:   20
Numéro:   4
Pages:   11-26  p.
ISSN:   1302177X
DOI:   10.25253/99.2018204.06
Mots-clés:   [en] Turkey, foreign policy, Central Asia, bilateral relations
Résumé:   [en] Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Turkey emerged as an influential player in the Muslim and ethnically Turkic republics of Central Asia. Despite an unrealistic initial policy approach aimed at creating a wide-spanning Turkic union, Turkey reoriented its foreign policy toward the region and since the mid-1990s has relied on a sophisticated combination of bilateral engagement, multilateral institutions, economic linkages, and soft power vis-àvis Central Asia. The recent thaw in Turkish-Uzbekistan relations offers new opportunities for cooperation, while Central Asia as a whole is likely to gain importance in Turkish foreign policy against the backdrop of Turkey’s deteriorating relations with traditional Western allies.

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