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The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.
Huntington's thesis is that the world after the cold war will become increasingly divided into seven major groups he calls civilizations. His reason for making this division is to study geo-politics and from that study predict high level behaviors to prioritize foreign policy resources. A model for such purposes needs to be precise enough to provide detailed predictions, but abstract enough to be flexible and timely. With this in mind, his reasoning is that this during the cold war, there were two sides to world politics: "Communism" and the "Free World." One abstract model could be built around the U.S. and the Western world, on one side and everyone else on the other, but this would rarely be able to address the situations going on within the non-western world, such as Pakistan and India. A precise model could be built around each individual state being an independent actor, but this would involve too many variables in situations such as NATO or EU membership, and little explanation regarding the many civil wars going on today. Huntington settles on a happy medium, the division of the world into seven civilizations. This is more than just a compromise, and he goes on to explore the accuracy and utility of this model.
:: posted by jimbro 2002-09-02 21:47

Clash For Civilisation

In an article in Foreign Affairs magazine, Prime Minister Tony Blair  said the current struggle isn't a clash between civilisations, it is a clash about civilisation.  This is a nice way to shift the accusations from the Islamic civilisation to a new group of people trying to over throw both the US and the current Islamic status quo.



Farther Along
George Soros has an interesting take in his book, The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered
:: posted by jimbro 2002-09-02 21:47