Turkish revolution. An interview with Ali Reza Jalali

Natella Speranskaya:  The national revolution has started in Turkey. What are the forces behind it? Who is fighting who?

 

Ali Reza Jalali:  These revolts that we are witnessing in Turkey are seemingly derived from environmentalist reasons, i. d. opposition to a project that involved the destruction of a park for the construction of a shopping complex. But beneath this appearance hides a widespread discontent of a part of the Turkish population about the Erdogan’s administration; overall in recent years. This last Erdogan’s term, which began in 2011, was accompanied by wrong choices, especially in foreign policy, such as support for terrorism in two neighboring countries: Syria and Iraq. A part of the Turkish people then criticizes Erdogan for his approach, judged too one-sided and perhaps authoritarian.

 

Natella Speranskaya:   How is the Turkish revolution related to the geopolitical opposition of Eurasianism (Russia, Iran, Syria) and atlantism (NATO, USA, EU)?

 

Ali Reza Jalali:  Of course Turkey is a NATO member, a country that aspires entry into the European Union and which has good relations with USA. Popular uprisings, such as the current ones, regardless of their ideological or outcome that will obtain in practice, are a positive signal from an Eurasian point of view, because, at least in the media, give the opportunity to Russia, Iran and Syria to send a message to Erdogan: "It’s better that you think about your problems, instead of destabilizing the Middle East!".

 

Natella Speranskaya:  Your prognosis of the development of events in Turkey and how it will effect the situation in Syria?

Ali Reza Jalali:  Concretely, it's hard to think that the riots in Turkey can get a result in the short term, but certainly in the media are not a positive thing for Erdogan. The major benefits for the government and the people of Syria are attributable to the chance to show at the Arab world that Turkey has not a stable or ideal government, which is presented in the Arab media like Al Arabya, but instead a context in which the people want the fall of the government. Taksim Square as Tahrir Square. Is this Turkish spring? We will know it only in future.