The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington

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The classic study of post-Cold War international relations, more relevant than ever in the post-9/11 world, with a new foreword by Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Since its initial publication, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has become a classic work of international relations and one of the most influential books ever written about foreign affairs. An insightful and powerful analysis of the forces driving global politics, it is as indispensable to our understanding of American foreign policy today as the day it was published. As former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says in his new foreword to the book, it “has earned a place on the shelf of only about a dozen or so truly enduring works that provide the quintessential insights necessary for a broad understanding of world affairs in our time.”

Samuel Huntington explains how clashes between civilizations are the greatest threat to world peace but also how an international order based on civilizations is the best safeguard against war. Events since the publication of the book have proved the wisdom of that analysis. The 9/11 attacks and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the threat of civilizations but have also shown how vital international cross-civilization cooperation is to restoring peace. As ideological distinctions among nations have been replaced by cultural differences, world politics has been reconfigured. Across the globe, new conflicts—and new cooperation—have replaced the old order of the Cold War era.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order explains how the population explosion in Muslim countries and the economic rise of East Asia are changing global politics. These developments challenge Western dominance, promote opposition to supposedly “universal” Western ideals, and intensify intercivilization conflict over such issues as nuclear proliferation, immigration, human rights, and democracy. The Muslim population surge has led to many small wars throughout Eurasia, and the rise of China could lead to a global war of civilizations. Huntington offers a strategy for the West to preserve its unique culture and emphasizes the need for people everywhere to learn to coexist in a complex, multipolar, muliticivilizational world.
 

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Samuel P. Huntington was the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, where he was also the director of the John M. Olin Institute for Stategic Studies and the chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He was the director of security planning for the National Security Council in the Carter administration, the founder and coeditor of Foreign Policy, and the president of the American Political Science Association.
 
Published May 31, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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National Review Online

Where most of the instant scholarship that has appeared is still floundering to find the appropriate mode of analysis, Cooper has identified the new terrorism as a form of apocalyptic political religion."—David Walsh.

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Given the irreconcilability of these differences, the possibility of democracy emphasized in The Third Wave gives way to "the paradox of democracy"--the danger that "democracy" in these and other non-Western civilizations "can bring anti-Western nationalists and fundamentalists to power" (pp.

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Four years ago, Samuel Huntington's article "The Clash of Civilizations?"

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American Thinker

... A review of Culture and Conflict in the Middle East, Prometheus Books, Amherst,
N.Y. 224 pp., by Philip Carl Salzman. Prevailing academic ...

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This "rise" generated resentment from other civilizations, in particular the Chinese and Islamic, and also -- because "history tells us" that civilizations go through inevitable cycles of rise and fall -- challenges to the West now that it is entering a phase of decline (chap.

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