CG [1_Clash of Civilizations].pdf - Bakal 1 Ethan Bakal Stokes AP Comp Gov 18 January 2017 \u201cThe Clash of Civilizations?\u201d Article Assignment In his

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Bakal 1 Ethan Bakal Stokes AP Comp. Gov. 18 January 2017 “The Clash of Civilizations?” Article Assignment In his 1993 article, “The Clash of Civilizations?” founder and co-editor of Foreign Policy Samuel P. Huntington presents his theories surrounding the face of conflict in the twenty-first century— that is, he asserts that the major political strife of the upcoming years will be dominated by a “clash of civilizations” rather than by tensions between rivaling neighbor states or distinct socioeconomic ideologies. Writing briefly after the fall of the U.S.S.R., Huntington derives his conclusions in the post-Cold War era, one in which a bitter struggle between two western concepts— capitalism and communism— has come to an end. In this epoch in which the United States stands as the world’s sole superpower and the West continues to benefit from “globalization,” Huntington attempts to predict the future of political struggles, and in the process he breaks the world into seven civilizations: Western, Latin American, Confucian, Japanese, Islamic, Hindu, and Slavic-Orthodox. According to the Foreign Policy editor, “the fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future” (cited in Huntington, 1993). In formulating his opinions, Huntington escapes many of the pitfalls of international political theorists by casting aside Eurocentric bias. By dividing the world into multiple civilizations, rather than splitting the international politics into the West and the non-West, he is
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