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Turkey’s Troubles in the Caucasus

Author(s): Reynolds, Michael

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Abstract: Increasing numbers of Turks have come to recognize that their country's traditionally hesitant and circumspect foreign policy no longer serves its interests, and is incommensurate with Turkey's regional weight. Accordingly, the governing Justice and Development Party has attempted to shed that tradition by seeking to engage Turkey's neighbors proactively in recent years. In the Caucasus, Ankara has taken steps that may lead to the normalization of relations with Yerevan and the breaking of the stalemate over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russo-Georgian War of 2008, however, demonstrates that Turkish diplomacy faces a severe test for which it may not be prepared. The war revealed that old institutional practices continue to constrain Turkey's diplomacy; moreover, l the war restored Russia to the position of spoiler in the Caucasus. The return of Russia may mean that Turkey's new diplomacy will be too little, too late.
Publication Date: 2008
Citation: Reynolds, Michael A. "Turkey's Troubles in the Caucasus." Insight Turkey 10, no. 4 (2008): 15-23.
ISSN: 1302-177X
Pages: 15 - 23
Language: English
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Insight Turkey
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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