Rising Powers: The New Global Reality
Turkey’s Near Abroad
In the wake of the Russia-Georgia conflict, Turkey looks to strengthen ties with former Soviet states

In the waning days of the conflict between Russia and Georgia in August, politicians in Turkey focused elsewhere—on Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Central Asian players in regional energy markets. Turkey’s energy minister [Hilmi Guler] visited the two former Soviet states to discuss long-term energy strategies, just three weeks after a tentative cease-fire was inked between Moscow and Tbilisi. The meeting, which came on the heels of a costly trade dispute with Russia over Ankara’s decision to authorize US naval access to the Black Sea during...

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