Turkey was the beneficiary of pre-Soviet-era turmoil in the Caucasus, signing the Treaty of Kars of 1923; it continues to benefit also during the realignment of powers in the post-Soviet period. Following the collapse of the Soviet Empire, Ankara rushed into Central Asia, where Enver Pasha had unsuccessfully attempted to create a Turkic empire and revive the caliphate and tried to play the religion card. Different ethnic minorities, which had been educated under an atheistic regime, did not take the bait, however, despite the fact that Turkey invested millions in building mosques and religious madrasas.
Ever since, Turkey has found a more effective means to create a zone of influence in the region, and that is the common language; “Six States and One Nation” is the motto at this time.
Some historians and pundits had been dismissive of concerns that Turkey may indeed pursue such a plan. But a recent conference in Baku, bringing all Central Asian nations together, bound linguistically, is the proof of that plan.
Very little, if anything, was heard from China, which is at odds with Turkey over the former’s treatment of its Muslim Uyghur minority population in its Xinjiang Province. It turns out that the revival of the Turkic dream not only affects China, but also Armenia, among other nations.
Fresh from his incursion into the Syrian territory, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rushed to Baku last week to take part in the Conference of the Turkic Nations. What happened during the deliberations of that conference cannot be underestimated by Armenia and Armenians around the world; in his speech at that conference, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev raised a fundamental issue, blaming Armenia for interrupting the contiguous territory of the Turkic nations by having Zangezur or Syunik, Armenia’s southern-most province.
Some analysts took note of this dangerous development, while Armenia, with its political and legal establishment are engaged in score-settling with the representatives of the former regime.