Turkish Journal of International Relations

Turkish Journal of International Relations

Volume 2, Numbers 3 and 4, Fall-Winter 2003


The Russian, Caucasian and Central Asian Aspects of Turkish Foreign Policy
By Nasuh Uslu



Turkish people and statesmen felt disappointment in the 1990s in their relations with the USA and European states. There were also some serious changes in Turkish domestic politics in this period. Turkish people felt that Turkey reached nowhere, while Western oriented policies were pursued for years. The ordinary Turks began to find more answers to their problems in traditional values. The rightist and leftist parties in the centre could not meet demands of the public and were broken to pieces with their decreasing public support. On the other side, the anti-Western Islamists and the pro-Turkic nationalists increased their public support with their more dynamic and active stance.

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