The Myth of the Civilization State: Rising Powers and the Cultural Challenge to World Order

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Abstract

Civilization is back at the forefront of global policy debates. The leaders of rising powers such as China, India, Turkey, and Russia have stressed their civilizational identity in framing their domestic and foreign policy platforms. An emphasis on civilizational identity is also evident in U.S. president Donald Trump's domestic and foreign policy. Some analysts argue that the twenty-first century might belong to the civilization state, just as the past few centuries were dominated by the nation-state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-156
Number of pages18
JournalEthics and International Affairs
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

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© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Keywords

  • China
  • India
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • civilization
  • civilization states
  • clash of civilizations thesis
  • liberal international order
  • multiplex world
  • rising powers

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