"The Clash of Civilizations" and the Georgia Conflict Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of how the recent conflict in Georgia supports Samuel P. Huntington's thesis of international relations in his article "The Clash of Civilizations".
# 150051 | 1,255 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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The paper provides an examination of the recent conflict in Georgia and discusses how the conflict between the Georgians and the Osettes is a cultural war that has its roots in the Cold War. The paper further shows how the U.S.' involvement in this case makes it even clearer that a clash of civilizations is what the conflict in Georgia is all about. The paper does point out, however, that while Huntington's model in his article "The Clash of Civilizations" seems to be, in many ways, quite relevant, it is still important to consider other variables that Huntington might not have foreseen in 1993.

From the Paper:

"According to Huntington, the ideology-driven wars of the nineteenth century paved the way for the Cold War, which was as much of a conflict among civilizations as it was a conflict of ideologies. Huntington writes, "With the end of the Cold War, international politics moves out of its Western phase, and its center-piece becomes the interaction between the West and non-Western civilizations and among non-Western civilizations." Thus, with the Cold War began the clash of civilizations, and with the Cold War also began the Georgian conflict. According to the UK Times, the 2008 conflict in Georgia had to do primarily with culture--the Ossetes living in South Ossetia wanted to unite with other Ossetes because of their shared cultural values, but because South Ossetia is legally Georgian land, the Georgian people--who make up another culture and see South Ossetia as an important part of their history, do not want to see it given up. Clearly, this situation fits Samuel Huntington's model quite well. The two groups are not fighting over an ideology, or are they seeking land specifically, but rather they are looking for the unification of people with certain cultural identities--they are seeking land that is not important to them because of natural resources, political strategy, or trade avenues. They are both seeking the same piece of land because of its historical and cultural importance to the group."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Antelava, Natalia. "US military will stay in Georgia." BBC, January 12, 2004, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3406941.stm (accessed September 2, 2009).
  • Dixon, Robyn. "Putin Backs U.S. Involvement in Georgia." The LA Times, March 2, 2002, http://articles.latimes.com/2002/mar/02/news/mn-30748 (accessed September 2, 2009).
  • Lieven, Anatol. "Analysis: roots of the conflict between Georgia, South Ossetia and Russia." The UK Times Online, August 11, 2008, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4498709.ece (accessed September 2, 2009).
  • Huntington, Samuel P. "The Clash of Civilizations." Foreign Affairs (Summer 1993): 22-29.

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