In the summer of 1993 Foreign Affairs published an article entitled "The Clash of Civilizations?" by Samuel Huntington. No article, according to the editors of that distinguished journal, has generated more discussion since George Kennan's "X" article on containment in the 1940s. Now, Mr. Huntington expands on his article, explores further the issues he raised then, and develops many new penetrating and controversial analyses. In the article, he posed the question whether conflicts between civilizations would dominate the future of world politics. In the book, he gives his 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.
A good and worthy read.
This detailed, thoroughly researched book gave me quite a lot to think about regarding the dynamics of international relations.
Interestingly - it was written in the mid 90s, BEFORE 9-11 and all of the current economic and political upheaval.
What I took away from this:
-China will be the next dominant superpower
-Islam is going to be a force to be reckoned with -for good or ill -to a degree unsurpassed in history
-US intervention in the Middle East - regardless of the immediate "threat" solved- always winds up as a
bad idea long term
I finished this book a few weeks before the Libya mess started and I have a bad feeling about it. It fits the pattern to a T.
3 stars on oc