Turkey’s Caucasian Initiatives

Since the end of the Cold War, Turkish diplomacy has been active a` tous azimuths, not least the northeastern. In the many, often contentious republics that arose in the Caucasus after the Soviet crack-up, Turkish leaders perceive opportunities to expand trade, strengthen security, and participate in the anticipated oil boom. So far, their success has been mixed, because long historical shadows still dance over the region.

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