—Michael Dibdin, Dead Lagoon.
WHO are we? We know who we are only when we know who we are not and more importantly when we know whom we a re against. This, in brief, is the viscera of Samuel Huntington's long-awaited tour de force , The Clash of Civilisations. The book is, in fact, a detailed version of his article The Clash of Civilisations? which appeared in Foreign Affairs in 1993.
As the embers of the Cold War die down, persuasive theories have emerged to view the new world order. Amongst the leading theorists are Robert Keohane, Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington who have provided new periscopes to view the bewildering terrain, strewn with the litter of the Cold War. While Fukuyama proclaimed history itself had ended, Huntington, in a far more incisive and cogent seminal thesis, argues that the future battles among nations would be fought across the fault lines of civilisations.