By Jacob L. Shapiro
The United Kingdom and Turkey, two countries with apparently nothing in common, are more similar than many might think. Both have immense pride in their not-too-distant imperial pasts. Both possess militaries that are powerful but not quite powerful enough to achieve security by strength of arms alone. Both are located on the periphery of Europe and would oppose the rise of a dominant power on the Continent – whether its capital be Berlin, Paris or Moscow. And both are U.S. allies with varying degrees of tolerance for doing Washington’s bidding. It’s no surprise, then, that the two countries, with their common characteristics and shared interests, are improving their relationship.
Some of these interests are likely to be the subject of conversation during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s three-day visit to the United Kingdom, which will wrap up on May 15. The visit will include meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizab