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Outline Lecture Twenty-Five--The Clash of Civilizations ec mmw 6

Outline Lecture Twenty-Five--The Clash of Civilizations ec mmw 6

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Outline Lecture Twenty-Five The Clash of Civilizations? I) Huntington’s “The Clash of Civilizations” 1993 a) Main Thesis i) “Civilization consciousness is increasing; conflict between civilizations will supplant ideological and other forms of conflict as the dominant global form of conflict; international relations, historically a game played out within Western civilization, will increasingly be de-Westernized and become a game in which non-Western civilizations are actors and not simply objects” b) Motive for conflicts in the past i) 19 th century conflicts ii) 20 th century conflicts iii) Conflicts of decolonization and self-determination c) Post-Cold War Conflicts i) Shaped by “Kin - Country” Syndrome (1) e.g. The Balkan Conflict in 1990s (2) Double-standards in the foreign policy of the West
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Unformatted text preview: ii) How “novel” is this argument? d) Definition of Civilization i) “Civilization” in its most abstract and polarizing sense (1) Rallying call of that big bad “F” word ii) Paradox of Globalization (1) Accentuated civilization consciousness and distinction—a siege mentality? iii) Categories of civilizations iv) “Confucian-Islamic connection” e) Why Will They Clash? i) “Unsecularization of the world” ii) Conspicuous Imbalance of Power (1) E.g. UN Security Council (2) World order shaped by the West not seen as “benign”? (3) Backlash against Western intrusion f) Is Clash of Civilizations inevitable? i) Commonality of humanity’s ethical and religious foundations (1) Are differences insurmountable? (2) Religion the way out?...
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