Turkey's Caucasus Policies
The emergence of newly independent states in the Caucasus at the end of the Cold War presented challenges to Turkey while enlarging its role. The collapse of the Soviet Union removed the century-old Soviet/Russian threat while at the same time created a power vacuum on Turkey's borders. In this environment Turkey became an important actor in the region as a result of its strong historical connections. While Turkey had traditionally avoided involvement in regional politics it has since been drawn into the volatile new politics of the region. After twenty years Turkey has become one of the important players in a region where its involvement has particularly increased since the August 2008 with its suggestion to establish Caucasus Cooperation and Stability Platform. Although its attempt to further engage Armenia is halted now and economic and political conditions in the region are unlikely to stabilize for some years it is without doubt that Turkey will continue to create new networks of interdependency between Ankara and the regional capitals.