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Jim Stanley Prof. Tambar REL 095, 10 a.m. December 10, 2009 Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations and its Effects on Conflicts in Afghanistan In 1993, Samuel Huntington published his controversial work Clash of Civilizations , which maintains that since the end of the Cold War, the main areas of tension in world politics will not be economic or ideological, but rather civilizational, due to the fact that a civilization is the largest subcategory that humans identify themselves as a part of (Huntington, 2). Huntington was a political scientist who for years worked in both academia and government as an advisor to the State Department. This paper will examine how civilizational conflict is different from other types of conflict, essentialism in Huntington’s thesis, how the idea of a Clash of Civilizations exemplifies Mamdani’s idea of “Culture Talk”, and how Huntington’s idea can explain the conflicts involved with America’s presence in Afghanistan. In essence, Huntington’s theory states that in the future, major conflicts on the international stage will be along cultural or civilizational lines (Huntington, 1). In his article, Huntington describes eight major civilizations that are likely to come into conflict with each other; they are: Western, Slavic-Orthodox, Islamic, Confucian, Latin American, African, Hindu, and Japanese. Huntington also put together a diagram showing which civilizations were most likely to come into conflict with each other; the
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2010 for the course POLS 295 taught by Professor Johnpburke during the Summer '09 term at Vermont.

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