Turkey’s Presence, Involvement and Engagement in the Armenia– Azerbaijan Conflict: A Reflection on Azerbaijani–Turkish Relations

The aim of this commentary is to discuss Turkey’s position on the Armenia–Azerbaijan conflict. It provides an overview of the nature of the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey and shows how they conditioned Turkey’s presence and involvement in this conflict. It particularly focuses on the Turkish stance during the Second Karabakh War and discusses future implications for security building in the South Caucasus. The commentary argues that the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey are special, exceptional, and privileged. Recent Turkish support to Azerbaijan has contributed to the deepening of these bilateral relations and will pave the way to a more diversified and institutionalized setting for further cooperation.

Authors: Ayça Ergun