This paper’s aim is to shed light on cultural
cooperation activities carried out among the
Turkic republics over 25 years of independence
and to analyse initiatives of cultural diplomacy
which they have undertaken on a global level.
The main argument put forward in this
article is that the newly independent Turkic
republics determined a culture-based policy for
their state building. While this culture-based
policy has contributed to the establishment
of the nation-state and national identity on
the domestic level, it has also contributed to
the recognition of these republics as esteemed
members of the international community.
This paper is an attempt to disclose that as a
regional cultural cooperation organization,
TURKSOY has been a common platform
which has played a key role in the revival of
the national culture of the Turkic republics as
well as in the promotion thereof on a global
scale.