Culture not ideology is now the primary currency of international politics. As the West struggles to defend the liberal world order (the product of its own cultural norms), China and Russia have reinvented themselves as civilizational states. Huntington has been vindicated but for reasons very different from those he offered. Civilizations don’t clash, civilizational states do. China is seeking to revise the world order; Russia challenges it head on; and Islamic fundamentalists seek to throw away the rule book altogether in pursuit of the Caliphate.
Christopher Coker, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and director of LSE IDEAS, will discuss his new book, The Rise of the Civilizational State: China, Russia and Islamic Caliphate and the challenge to the liberal world order.
See our review of the event: https://doc-research.org/2019/11/rise-civilisational-state-christopher-coker/