This week bloggers explore a theme
that links principles of Catholic social thought to wider geopolitical
analysis. The idea that the world is confronting a “clash of
civilizations” (most famously advanced in 1993 by Samuel Huntington) may be the
most influential concept in contemporary international relations: an idea
reviled and lambasted by some, implicitly or explicitly embraced by others.
Even 22 years later talk of this cultural and religious clash permeates much
discussion of current world events, and especially conflict. We encourage a
debate about the idea: both its contemporary relevance, its impact on policy
thinking and action, and what better notions might replace it.
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of the dialogue among some 20 bloggers based at Jesuit institutions worldwide.