Clash Of Civilizations Analysis

1345 Words6 Pages
2. The Clash of Civilizations’ Critiques Nonetheless, as mentioned, Huntington’s clash of civilizations has gathered much opposition and criticism.,. Critics have They articulated many counter arguments to opposing Huntington’s, others offered different theories claiming they account better for contemporary international affairs, and some just claim it is unprofessional, xenophobic and dangerously misleading. The following part of this chapter will present the opposing side of the debate, the Clash of Civilizations’ criticizers. I proceed to divide the critiques into three categories: (a) Empirical and theoretical critiques of Huntington’s arguments (b) methodological critiques rejecting Huntington’s guidelines (c) alternative paradigms which…show more content…
According to Walt, Huntington does not explain the reasons for loyalties to shift from nationalism to civilizations, and similar to Senghaas, nor why would this will lead to a greater intercivilizational conflict. Overlooking the role of nationalism,nationalism dismisses the explanations for countries’ cooperation and conflicts acts of choices which do not occur in the civilizational level. Therefore, Huntington himself admits recognizes the ongoing relevance of nation states, and “ignores his own creation and relies on the traditional principles of…show more content…
The Clash of civilization overlooks socioeconomic factors Huntington’s analysis of the Micro level emphasizes the effect of cultural problems at regional and sub-regional levels, and in internal conflicts. Ethno-political or ethno-nationalistic conflicts, can be used as illustrative material for civilizational clash, as since when they escalate they become characterized by cultural and religious dimensions. In spite of the broad existing research on ethnicity, Huntington’s analysis ignores the findings that cultural and religious factors are rarely of great relevance at the very beginning of conflict escalation. (Fox, 2005; Fox, 2002), argues Senghaas. Socioeconomic problems with no prospects of solution are more important. (more important than what?) In most ethnic conflicts, long-lasting and frustrating social and economic discriminations are involved, and it these penetrates to the political cultural levels. It can be claimed that cultural causes have led to these discriminations, but that would be an “egg and chicken” argument of what preceded to what. Huntington’s analysis of fault line conflicts at the micro level assumes as predetermined cultural approach that oversimplifies reality. (Ibid, Senghaas,
Open Document