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
In cancelling South Stream in exchange for a deal with Turkey, Russia is attempting to maintain the economic benefits of a share of the European gas market whilst steering clear of the sticky political issues that accompany it.