Central Asia and Turkish Foreign Policy
Dr. Gamze Güngörmüş KONA
The emergence of Turkish interest in the Central Asian region began with the geopolitical changes appeared in the former Soviet South geopolitical area following the disintegration of the Soviet Union. After the disintegration five states in Central Asia declared their independence and began to develop foreign relations with the states outside the region. Encouraged by the mentioned changes Turkish decision-makers began to show interest toward the region and this resulted in the orientation of Turkey toward the Central Asian states which was abandoned since Bolshevik Revolution and establishment of Turkish Republic.