Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Clash of Civilizations

The fundamental source of conflict in the emerging world of politics will not be primarily economic or ideological, rather cultural. The fault lines of civilizations will be the battle lines of the future. There are seven or eight major civilizations including Western, Confucian (Chinese), Japanese, Islamic, Hindu, Slavic-Orthodox, Latin American and possibly African. China is a civilization pretending to be a state.
Source: Samuel P. Huntington, Council on Foreign Relations Inc., 1993