Dialogue of civilizations in a multipolar world: toward a multicivilizational-multiplex world order

Petito, Fabio (2016) Dialogue of civilizations in a multipolar world: toward a multicivilizational-multiplex world order. International Studies Review, 18 (1). pp. 78-91. ISSN 1521-9488

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In this article, I explore the relationship between the new multipolar trends related to the emerging powers and the idea of dialogue of civilizations. My starting point is to understand multipolarity as part of a broader epoch making process of transformation of contemporary international society beyond its Western-centric matrix. In the first part of this article, I therefore argue for an analytical understanding that emphasizes the emergence of a new multipolar world of civilizational politics and multiple modernities. In the second part of the article, I reflect on how to counter the risk inherent in the potential antagonistic logic of multipolarity by critically engaging the normative Huntingtonian construction of a multicivilizational-multipolar world order. I argue that the link between dialogue of civilizations and regionalism could represent a critical issue for the future of global peace. In particular, multiculturally constituted processes of regional integration are antidotes to the possible negative politicization of cultural differences on a global scale and can contribute to the emergence of a new cross-cultural jus gentium. These elements are critical to the construction of a realistic dialogue of civilizations in international relations while preventing the risks inherent in its growing multipolar configuration. They shape what, drawing on Amitav Acharya's work, could be named a multicivilizational-multiplex world order.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: multipolarity, dialogue of civilizations, world order Huntington, civilizational analysis.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 12:46
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 02:00
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60047

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