Saturday, March 04, 2006

Not a clash of civilizations after all...

Niall Ferguson, professor of History at Harvard, strongly disagrees with Samuel Huntington's assertion that we are in a clash of civilizations. Mr. Ferguson says,
The future therefore looks more likely to bring multiple local wars - most of them ethnic conflicts in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East - than a global collision of value-systems. Indeed, my prediction would be that precisely these centrifugal tendencies, most clearly apparent in Iraq today, will increasingly tear apart the very civilisations identified by Samuel Huntington.

In short, for "the clash of civilisations", read "the crash of civilisations".

The article has all the empirical evidence to back up his claim. Go read it so you can debate your xenophobic friends.