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The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington
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May 11, 2012

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Huntington has provided what is quickly becoming a classic in International Relations. While not always the most popular viewpoint it is one that bears considering that the 21st century will be made a conflict of religion and civilization as opposed to the statesmanship that was seen since Westphalia and the ideological conflict of the mid to late 20th century. The new world order is one under which tribal and religious conflicts will permeate state lines and blur the conflicts that emerge. Internal ethnic conflicts will take on a global scale as like minded individuals are connected through their common language, culture and religion to those suffering in another area of the world. Huntington provides several case studies and examples towards how this new society is evolving and what it will look like in a world order. While many can debate whether recent events support Huntington’s claims or not there is no doubt that the pure statist reasons for war are blurred in the 21st century and while more time is needed to see if they will fully play out this book serves as a useful template for a possible world order theory. If you are interested in international politics this is a must read.

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