Two new RUSI reports suggest Western military efforts to eliminate ISIS from the Middle East may result only in the Balkanisation of the region. Instead, the best hope of countering the extremist group may come from within.
The latest military agreement between Qatar and Turkey has been a long-time in the making. It is also an expression of dated defence thinking in Gulf states that looks to military purchases and agreements with foreign powers rather than sustainable capacity building.
For over a decade, the AKP has sought to remake Turkey's foreign policy. After a series of reversals in recent years, they are staying the course - and drawing a clear distinction between Turkey and the West