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The realist argument maintains the soverignty of

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No. The realist argument maintains the soverignty of nation states while Huntington's argument infers that the cultural  boundaries will overcome the nation state boundaries and turn people of different cultures against each other--even those  within the same state. Huntington stresses cultural boundaries over the sovereignty of nation states and therefore his  argument is not the realist argument reworked. Said responds by saying: Huntington forgets to account for the great interdependency and interaction of today's cultures. his ideas are based not on the  harmony of these cultures but the clash/conflict betwen them, and overall this makes up an imaginary geography.  Huntington's view focuses on continuing a war time minset, rather than advancing our ideas and reconciling distinct cultures.  Thus, Said dismisses Huntington's argument as a myth and says the clash of civilizations is a mere clash of ignorance Further notes from class: Is Huntington's clash of civilization argument just a realist argument reworked? central argument: culture and cultural identifies will shape patterns of cohesion, disintegration, and conflict for the  future "now the cold war is about cultural identities" "west against the rest"  global politics is played out in a multipolar and multi-civilizational wold Islam is growing, Asia growing (ecnoomically, politically, militarily) Kaplan: the world is a dangerous place in which a large number of people resent our wealth power and  culture..." US must lead the west to stop decline This idea was dismissed until 9/11  a which point we broke rules of UN and went into Iraq     What was Edward Said's response? View's Huntington's view a new rationale for glboal activism--new sextant? "why we fight" film--military industrial complex every civilization is pluralistic and only misinformed/demagogues can say they speak for all member of a cultural  community Huntington's argument is a "call to arms" for the west most cultures are interdependent--learning from each other, rather than demonizing one another 6. The acceptance of a theory as the best way to explain and understand the world leads to the construction of the world based on that theory. What does this mean? How does this reality influence research and scholarship? Consider your experience with finding resources for the library exercise. What does this scholarly debate tell us about the future of international relations?
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