"Turkish Policy toward Central Asia
September 25, 2008, 4:09 pm
Turkey was among the first countries to recognize the Central Asian republics immediately upon their independence in the early 1990s. The emergence of sister states, sometimes called the “Turkic republics” including Tajikistan, precipitated an outbreak of excitement in almost all political wings in Turkey. A Turkish world from the Adriatic to the Chinese wall became a new topic of discussion in Turkish policy circles and the media. The shift from enthusiastic and sentimental policy attitudes to a more realistic and constructive policy line toward Central Asia, however, has not been smooth and easy and still has a long way to go."
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