In the first book to explore the emotional impact of globalization, a leading authority on international affairs provides a new way of understanding and dealing with the complexities of world relations now and in the future.
In 1993 Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations offered a vision of a world divided by cultural differences, national interests, and political ideologies. In The Geopolitics of Emotion, Dominique Moïsi brilliantly demonstrates that we are now in the midst of a ‘clash of emotions’.
Moïsi contends that both Europe and the United States are dominated by a fear of the ‘other’ and of the loss of their national identity and purpose. For Muslims and Arabs, the combination of historical grievances, exclusion from the economic boon of globalization, and civil and religious warfare extending from their homelands to the Muslim diaspora has created a culture of humiliation that is quickly devolving into a culture of hatred. As the West and the Muslim world lock horns, Asia, able to concentrate on building a better future, has become ‘the culture of hope’.
By understanding the driving emotions behind our cultural differences, The Geopolitics of Emotion offers a better understanding of the world we live in and perhaps a more peaceful solution to the ignorance and differences that plague us.