Turkish National Interests

  • Gareth M. Winrow
Part of the Euro-Asian Studies book series (EAS)


With the break-up of the Soviet Union, Turkish officials were eager to develop close ties with the newly independent Turkic states. Encouraged by a US administration suspicious of Iranian ambitions, there were those in Ankara who hoped that Turkey could lead some form of Turkic Commonwealth. But the Turkic states, reluctant to be led by a new Turkish Big Brother, and soon aware of Turkey’s economic shortcomings and political difficulties, sought also to cultivate relations with other states. In Turkey, with the right-wing Nationalist Action Party (MHP) in the coalition government, which took office in 1999, a warm sentiment toward the Turkic states lingers. However, most Turkish officials and businessmen have come to pursue more pragmatic policies. Closer ties with non-Turkic states of the former Soviet Union have been fostered, including with Russia, Turkey’s traditional rival.


Caspian Region Turkic State National Security Council Turkish Border Turkish Market 
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