In this issue of Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ), we examine topical developments in the Caucasus, Central Eurasia, and the Middle East to draw the contours of the emerging strategic configuration in Turkey’s neighborhood. As key countries in the current geostrategic contestations of the region, we focus particularly on Georgia, Afghanistan, Iran, and Syria. We also assess Turkish foreign policy in the broader neighborhood, both to take stock of missed opportunities and identify potential opportunities. The fragile balance between secularism and democracy in Turkey, an important dimension of Turkey’s regional role, is also touched on from various perspectives.
TPQ has published a security-oriented issue every year since its establishment in 2002. We have covered NATO’s adaptation to emerging security challenges consistently, and tracked Turkey’s evolving contribution to regional stability and Euro-Atlantic security.