Turkey Out of its "Strategic Depth" in Kyrgyzstan?
Much has been made in recent months of Turkey's ambitious new foreign policy posture, which seeks to turn the country into a major regional and even global diplomatic player. A lot of that activity has been centered in the Middle East, an area the Turks believe they have "strategic depth" because of their historical links to the region.But the recent troubles in Kyrgyzstan have led to criticism in Turkey that Ankara's focus on the Middle East is coming at the expense of its influence among the Turkic countries of Central Asia and ability to act on their behalf. For more, read here and here.Turkish officials have denied these charges, pointing out that they are working hard to play a central role in resolving the Kyrgyz conflict. More on that here.
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