This article discusses the altered strategic environment facing Turkey and its NATOallies since the Cold War. It reviews these countries’ recent relationship withRussia and Central Asian states and recommends policies that could promoteTurkey’s transformation from strategic barrier to bridge in EurasiaThe general congruence of objectives between Russia, Turkey, and otherNATO countries in Central Asia establishes the foundation for buildinga new geopolitical relationship to replace the obsolete Cold Warframework. Although tensions will persist, Turkey, its NATO allies,and Russia all desire to promote peace and security in the region, ensureaccess to its energy supplies, pursue commercial relations with local businesses,and curb human and narcotics trafficking. A new partnership would helpconsummate Turkey’s transformation from barrier to bridge between NATO and Eurasia.
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