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David Johnston_POL300-017016_Article Review

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Article Review of “Clash of Civilizations” David CE Johnston Contemporary International Problems POL 300 017016 Summer 2009 August 23, 2009
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Huntington’s assessment of the future in world politics raises some very interesting points. I do agree with him that civilizations will play a more important role in the future and that the “West vs. the Rest” mentality will become prevalent, if it is not already. However, I also disagree with him on many of his main points. I believe that his idea of civilizations is too broad and that religion, not civilization, will be the main point of conflict in the near future. In fact, his writings actually demonstrate my point for me, which I will explain later. I also believe that while religion will be the main source of conflict, it will not end up ruling the world like he suggests civilizations will. I completely agree with Huntington that civilizations will be one of the main factors in terms of conflict in the future. His first reason for making this assumption is that the distinctions between different civilizations are basic. (Huntington, 1993) In other words, civilizations are separated by some of the most essential human characteristics; i.e. history, language, and religion. It makes sense that this will exist in the future because it already does, just on a smaller scale; cultural conflict. The only reason why civilization conflict will overtake cultural conflict is because the world is shrinking due to advances in technology and increased communications, especially through the media. In fact, that is Huntington’s second reason to support his argument, claiming that more interactions between civilizations results in a magnification of the “differences between civilizations and commonalities within civilizations.” (Huntington, 1993) Huntington’s next argument to support his theory is that the dissimilarities of human
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