The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

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Simon & Schuster, 1996 - History - 367 pages
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In 1993 the esteemed journal FOREIGN AFFAIRS published an article entitled "The Clash of Civilizations?" by Samuel P. Huntington. According to the journal's editors it went on to generate more discussion than anything they had published since the Second World War.
In the article, Huntington posed the question whether conflicts between civilizations would dominate the future of world politics. In the book, he gives the answer, showing not only 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. Since September 11, his thesis has seemed even more prescient and acute. THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS AND THE REMAKING OF WORLD ORDER is now recognised as a classic study of international relations in an increasingly uncertain 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 Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University, and the author of Political Order in Changing Societies.

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