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Clash of Civilizations.pdf


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLI 244
Professor
Stephen Saideman

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Tensions among Major Grouping of States
Groups
Latin America
Black Africa
Western World
etc.
Theory that conflicts happen where civilizations meet
e.g.
Bosnia
Orthodox world and Western world
Kosovo
But Rwanda?
Same civilization
Iran and Iraq
More violence within civilization than between
What is a Civilization?
Main characteristics
Religion
Exceptions
Latin America --> Catholic. Why not part of Western World?
Black Africa --> Residual category
Race
Politics are local
Who speaks for a civilization?
Leaders are responsible for domestic audiences
What do they care about?
e.g. Fate of Europe
How united are they right now?
Bad Ideas Travel Further Than Good Ones
Original idea as bad social science
Poor concepts makes testing difficult
e.g. Sub-Saharian Africa --> a region for sure, but a civilization?
Having common values can only bring you so far
Predicting future based on speculation
Not based on past behaviour
Self-fulfilling prophecy
They think a certain way, we think a certain way... we must react! We must feel
divided!
There is something to it
Identity matters
Islam's bloody borders
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