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The west is not as dominant as it once was. But neither is it threatened by rival power centres, as the economic turmoil in east Asia underlines. Instead, argue Barry Buzan and Gerald Segal, we are moving into a "Westernistic" era marked by fusions between western and other cultures

By Gerald Segal   February 1998

Samuel Huntington was wrong: there will be no clash of civilisations. East Asia’s economic crisis-a more significant event than the Gulf war-has demonstrated that east Asia will not become the main challenger to the west. What we are seeing is not the prelude to a clash of civilisations in which the Asians have just lost a round. As we argue in our new book, Anticipating the Future, it is the making of a world-spanning “Westernistic” civilisation that will mix and merge cultures rather than set them at each other’s throats. Westernistic civilisation is where the world is heading, and if…

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