Contending Images of World Politics by Greg Fry, Jacinta O'Hagan

By Greg Fry, Jacinta O'Hagan

This significant new publication offers a singular and engaging method of the learn of diplomacy. Taking as its start line a number influential fresh views at the altering global order (from Samuel P. Huntington's "clash of civilizations" among the West, and the remaining to Francis Fukuyama's "end of heritage" thesis) the e-book brings jointly specially-commissioned chapters written in a hugely available type by way of a very foreign forged of individuals.

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This image corresponds with the prevailing view that ethnic conflicts are a symptom of structural collapse or imperial breakup that unleash suppressed ethnic hatreds. Fire is another common naturalist image. As Christopher warned, 'If something 41 42 isn't done to quell the fires of nationalism burning out of control we'll have 5,000 countries rather than the hundred plus we now have' (Christopher, New York Times 7 February 1993, p. 1). Another prevailing metaphor of natural phenomena is that of the 'contagious' disease or epidemic.

There have even been constructive and cooperative dimensions to relations between the West and Islam. Islam provided the foundations for the growth of mathematics, the sciences, architecture and agriculture in medieval Europe (Bozeman, 1960; Puchala, 1997; < previous page page_145 next page > < previous page page_146 next page > Page 146 34 35 Muzaffar, 1994). The impact of the interaction of different cultures and civilizations through such agencies as trade or the exchange of ideas may be gradual and occur over a long period of time, but they are surely as significant as bloody conflict.

However, it links the politics of such identity primarily with the establishment of irreconcilable differences and with threat. Â Â Of course, the sense of threat, in itself, provides a sense of cohesion within (Bigo, 1994). ' (Huntington, 1993c, p. 37). Whilst the politics of differentiation are critical to the formation and maintenance of identity, this raises the question of whether 'the other' must always be seen as threatening. Such an approach, in and of itself, inspires a degree of hostility and precludes the possibility of cooperation.

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