Webinar: How is Turkey’s Place in the Broader Turkic World Changing?

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991, Turkey began to reengage with its Turkic neighbors in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. It opened Turkish schools – many of which have since closed. It also forged political alliances, such as the Organization of Turkic States, which is continuing to add new members, and provide security assistance to many of the countries in the region. This moderated panel discussion will examine Turkey’s social, cultural, political, economic, and other influences on the South Caucasus and Central Asia over the last thirty years from the perspective of the South Caucasus and Central Asian states themselves.

This event is a part of the Kennan Institute’s spotlight on the Caucasus & Central Asia.


Assel Tutumlu

Associate Professor, Political Science, Near East University, Northern Cyprus

Meliha Altunışık

Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University in Ankara

Orhan Gafarli

Assistant Professor, Political Science Faculty, Ankara University


Jennifer S. Wistrand

Deputy Director, Kennan Institute

The event is taking place online.