Barbara Crossette is The Nation’s United Nations correspondent. A former foreign correspondent for The New York Times, she is the author of several books on Asia, including So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1995 and in paperback by Random House/Vintage Destinations in 1996, and a collection of travel essays about colonial resort towns that are still attracting visitors more than a century after their creation, The Great Hill Stations of Asia, published by Westview Press in 1998 and in paperback by Basic Books in 1999. In 2000, she wrote a survey of Indian and Indian-American relations, India: Old Civilization in a New World, for the Foreign Policy Association in New York. She is also the author of India Facing the 21st Century, published by Indiana University Press in 1993.
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If Europe's biggest social worry is the integration—or not—of Muslims, nothing would be smarter than positive gestures towards Turkey. Unfortunately, the EU isn't making any.
If Europe’s biggest social worry is the integration—or not—of its Muslim populations, nothing would be smarter than positive gestures towards Turkey. Unfortunately, the EU isn't making any.
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