Briefing on Turkey and the protests in Iran

04 January 2018

Protests in Iran have elicited a cautious response in Turkey, where sympathy has given way to geopolitical concerns 

  • Having initially expressed ‘concern’ at recent developments, Turkish government officials are increasingly showing support for their counterparts in Tehran
  • Such support comes in part from a scepticism of popular protest movements and unease at the potential for western intervention
  • Ultimately, Ankara’s attitude is driven by self-interest, primarily the security implications of further instability along its borders

President Erdogan has backed his Iranian counterpart’s call for protestors to respect the rule of law as a wave of popular dissent continues to spread across Turkey’s eastern neighbour. This carefully qualified demonstration of support for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is the product of conflicting views in Ankara…

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