“We no longer think in terms of oppositional identities, where we define ourselves as, say, European and therefore we say we cannot have any relationship now with the Middle East because we are a European country — or vice versa,” Mr. Kalin said. “It’s not choosing one bloc or one region at the expense of another because these categories really belong to the Cold War period.”
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Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.
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