Middle East in Transformation: Role of Turkey, and Place of Armenians

Middle East is currently in the stage of change, yet the final image of the region is hardly predictable now. After the Arab spring, Islamic forces will enter political arena, with U.S. increasing involvement in regional developments. There are some signs that all the recent changes will lead to the Islamists' success. Egypt is the first example of this. The West is trying to redirect the current situation to an outcome that will be favorable to its interests. Turkey is active in the region as well. Ankara is trying to influence developments, especially in Syria. Therefore, a tense political struggle between various political forces is taking place in the Middle East. There are three types of force: pro-Islamic, pro-Western and Turkish.

Role of Turkey

Turkey will intensify presence in Middle East. By approving NATO radar deployment, Ankara struck a deal with Washington, in exchange being allowed to strengthen its presence in Middle East. On the one hand, Turkey as a NATO member is still playing for the Western team. On the other hand, present-day Turkey is headed by Recep Erdogan and has its own objectives in the Middle East, trying to balance them and NATO interests. But Ankara’s interests are the priority for it. The authorities of Turkey have established close ties with pro-Islamic forces fighting Assad’s regime in Syria. Therefore, Turkey is playing its own role in the region, relying on its own abilities. Turkey is trying to revive lost structures of the Ottoman Empire, which included Arab countries and peoples. Turkey is the only country in the world that is supporting the antigovernment protests in Syria. All these Arab countries, passing through a transition period, have to use Turkey’s help and forget about preferences and dislikes of an historical nature.

Turkey is warning about the establishment of a sanitary cordon at the Syrian border. Syria owns major stocks of chemical weapons. Turkish-Armenian relations have also regressed recently. . In reality.I think it can only be an indirect invasion of the Turkish army to Syria. It will be an indirect occupation. If the situation in Syria continues to worsen. because Turkey actually does not have “zero problems with neighbors”. the Turkish press and public think that this policy has failed. it is obvious that Turkey’s relations with neighbors do not really correspond to “zero problems” slogan and it is logical that they just want to get rid of that. but also in the US. but has “zero neighbors without problems”. Thus. if a bill on recognition of the Armenian genocide appears in the Knesset. and sanctions by NATO are needless. with the whole EU testify to that. thus. This could lead to Israeli and Armenian organizations coming closer together. and maybe this cordon will be moved to Syrian territory. not only in Turkey. Cyprus and considering that. which were developed in case Israel attacks Syria with a nuclear weapon. Thus. but also the moral and psychological aspects of the Holocaust's unique character. which was established and motivated by the USA. Israeli politicians are using the fact of the Armenian genocide as a response to the hard Turkish position. Erdogan threatens Assad with overthrowing the regime. there is a sensible circumstance. However. Today we are also witnessing the collapse of the Israeli-Turkish strategic union. when we speak of Davutoglu’s “zero problems with neighbors” idea. Israeli deputies will consider not only the political side of the issue. Syria. the question will arise: what should they do with this chemical weapon arsenal? I think Turkey can launch its army to prevent radical Islamist groups from taking the arsenal. Turkish troops will be launched into Syria only with this aim. However. it will use the Syrian opposition.the Holocaust. every Jew has a stereotype that history saw one fact of genocide only . Turkey’s relations with Israel. we can immediately assert that no such thing really exists. despite the political environment. which is doubtful. but Turkey does not intend to do it by force. Therefore.

because of the recent revolutions. the developments in Arab countries will not touch Armenia. Considering this fact. . at the same time. our country has different political and cultural traditions. On the other hand. The new authorities of Egypt do not prevent Muslims from attacking Egyptian Copts.Place of Armenians It is true that Armenia is a part of the region. it is involved in the Collective Security Treaty Organization. the position of the Armenian Diaspora has worsened in these countries. Now it is difficult to say what will happen after the overthrow of the regime. The ruling regime of Bashar Assad provided Armenians with favorable living conditions in Syria. However.

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