Talking to the Enemy -- Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

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'Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?' is a quote from Abraham Lincoln near the end of the civil war.  It is also a main concept that Scott Altran uses to weave together his story.

We have been advocating looking at the similarities, rather than any of the differences, in Chinese-US relations for more than a decade and welcome the (un) making of differences in any discipline.

Meaning, one need not support the world view or purported goals of those we can not understand.  But if we give up the chance to understand others and when doing so try to give them a way to understand us, then we all lose.

The Public Radio International interview is also worth a listen and you can link to that here.