The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

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Simon and Schuster, May 31, 2007 - Political Science - 368 pages
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The classic study of post-Cold War international relations, more relevant than ever in the post-9/11 world, with a new foreword by Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Since its initial publication, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has become a classic work of international relations and one of the most influential books ever written about foreign affairs. An insightful and powerful analysis of the forces driving global politics, it is as indispensable to our understanding of American foreign policy today as the day it was published. As former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says in his new foreword to the book, it “has earned a place on the shelf of only about a dozen or so truly enduring works that provide the quintessential insights necessary for a broad understanding of world affairs in our time.”

Samuel Huntington explains how clashes between civilizations are the greatest threat to world peace but also how an international order based on civilizations is the best safeguard against war. Events since the publication of the book have proved the wisdom of that analysis. The 9/11 attacks and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the threat of civilizations but have also shown how vital international cross-civilization cooperation is to restoring peace. As ideological distinctions among nations have been replaced by cultural differences, world politics has been reconfigured. Across the globe, new conflicts—and new cooperation—have replaced the old order of the Cold War era.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order explains how the population explosion in Muslim countries and the economic rise of East Asia are changing global politics. These developments challenge Western dominance, promote opposition to supposedly “universal” Western ideals, and intensify intercivilization conflict over such issues as nuclear proliferation, immigration, human rights, and democracy. The Muslim population surge has led to many small wars throughout Eurasia, and the rise of China could lead to a global war of civilizations. Huntington offers a strategy for the West to preserve its unique culture and emphasizes the need for people everywhere to learn to coexist in a complex, multipolar, muliticivilizational world.

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Theory of Invisible Balance of Power in relation to the US vs Islamic Militants is Valid Today
Dan Nicholson
Although, the book was first time published in 2005, yet it has introduced a unique theory of “invisible balance of power”. I have gone through the book. It has given a number of positive suggestions to the US and its NATO and other western allies, which are essential for world peace.
Author’s suggestions include solution of Palestinian and Kashmir issues, withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, reforming of the UNO by giving importance to the General Assembly equally with the Security Council, redressing the grievances of the Third World, especially those of the Islamic countries and international disarmament. He also emphasized stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which are necessary for American regional and global interests.
Otherwise, in case of non-implementation of the suggestions, the international community could divide on religious lines , and could culminate into clash of civilizations in the sense of Huntington. He also predicted in the book that after the failure of power factor by the US, state terrorism would result into more terrorism led by Al Qaeda or other similar militant groups.
However, after 14 years of the prolonged war against the militants, rise of ISIL, terror-attacks on Christians in Nigeria and other African countries including Iraq, and sectarian violence also proved true.
In the same terms, assaults on Christians and Muslims by the fundamentalists parties of India like BJP, RSS etc., tension between Pakistan and India more suicide attacks etc. also endorsed the future assessments of the book. It is pointed out in the book that as the militants are increasing the US cost of war, and US would have to wage a series of wars against volatile countries.
In this regard, American air strikes on Libya and prospective attack on Syria, which was postponed due to the Russian and Iranian threats are also in accordance with the future predictions of the author. Nevertheless, after 9/11 tragedy, many Muslim and western authors wrote books against terrorism. But, ground realities developed in accordance with this book. Hence, it remains valid today.
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Samuel P. Huntington was the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, where he was also the director of the John M. Olin Institute for Stategic Studies and the chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He was the director of security planning for the National Security Council in the Carter administration, the founder and coeditor of Foreign Policy, and the president of the American Political Science Association.

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