The purpose of this collection is to present Samuel P. Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilizations’ thesis, and to appraise its validity and shortcomings 25 years after the publication of his landmark article in the journal Foreign Affairs. The notion of a ‘clash of civilizations’ is examined from a multidisciplinary perspective and its validity is appraised in the fields of International Relations, European Politics, International Law, Political Theory, and International History.
First, the volume examines Huntington’s contribution from a theoretical perspective, focusing on his ideas about politics and the concept of civilization. Second, the articles collected in this volume also consider Huntington’s thesis in the light of recent events in international politics, including the conflict in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, China–India relations, the electoral success of far-right movements in Europe, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, and the activity of the International Criminal Court in Africa. This volume offers to its readers a vibrant and multifaceted conversation among established and emerging scholars on one of the most important paradigms for the understanding of international politics and the history of the twenty-first century.
Over the past 25 years, Samuel P. Huntington’s article ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ (1993) has shaped public opinion and the ways in which the academic world thinks about world politics. Events in the Middle-East and Asia, American military interventions, the Ukrainian conflict, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, Brexit, the rise of far-right movements in America and Europe challenge our traditional frameworks and seem to show the persistent relevance of the controversial notion of a clash between opposing and incommensurable values, religions, cultures and beliefs. That article, written in 1993, still seems to provide, in particular to the public opinion, a paradigm through which to interpret our times.
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