The Clash of Civilization (Samuel Huntington Article Review) Essay

937 Words Oct 29th, 2012 4 Pages
The article titled the Clash of Civilization written by Samuel Huntington tries to analyze the world after the cold war.
Huntington in his thesis clearly states that the new era of world politics will not be based on conflicts occurring due to ideological or economic clashes amongst states, but rather the dominating source of conflict will be cultural.
Huntington proposes that instead of classifying countries into first, second or third worlds, one should classify countries in terms of their civilization. He defines one as the highest cultural grouping of people and the broadest level of cultural identity people have. Characterization of civilization can be seen through language and religion, but the issue arises that people ultimately
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Critical Analysis

I feel that although Huntington does a good job throughout his article to project his ideologies and thoughts about the clash of civilizations, I feel that his definition of civilization is vague and does not give an absolute definition of it as he does not provide any remarks on the political, or religious diversions within the civilizations that he mentions in the article. His ideology stating that Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism will clash within civilizations, especially Islam with the west cannot be used to characterize the 9/11 attacks, nor the international reactions that followed as the clash of civilizations. I also feel on the other hand, that Huntington’s framework of the article has been accurate with the other aspects of the global politics today, such as the global dominance of the west over the non-western countries by power and influence, through economic trades, foreign policies and many other notions that bind the two together avoiding the clash of civilizations. Therefore, I believe that although some of Huntington’s ideologies are flawed, but there are many things that he has predicted to be accurate in today’s time.

Q1. How do we consider the question of “What are you” in today’s civilization? Are there certain implications of being from a certain sect or religion? How does one’s

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