From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. An astonishingly creative response to Samuel HuntingtonÖs The Clash of Civilizations
, this groundbreaking analysis examines political trends through the prism of emotion, arguing that fear, humiliation and hope might be as influential as the cultural, social and economic factors that breed political conflict. Shedding keen light on the limitations of the geographic and cultural determinism that currently dominates international relations discourse, Moïsi uses these definitions to remap the world's political regions. Dexterously avoiding cliché or sentimentality, Moïsi studies how emotions interact (e.g., fear is the absence of confidence; hope is the expression of confidence; humiliation is the loss of hope that results from wounded confidence) and plumbs the roots of AsiaÖs culture of hope, the historical humiliation feeding Islamic extremism and the long-dominant emotions in the West: a fear of the other, confusion about national identity and an anxiety to maintain global relevance. This elegant thesis presents the very real consequences of the Clash of Emotions and concludes with well-reasoned if tentative conjecture about how these currents will shift in years to come. (June)
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Praise for The Geopolitics of Emotion
“An astonishingly creative response to Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations
…[a] groundbreaking analysis…This elegant thesis presents the very real consequences of the “Clash of Emotions” and concludes with well-reasoned if tentative conjecture about how these currents will shift in years to come.” --Publisher’s Weekly
, starred review
“This is a book rich in intelligence and insight. Today's reflex is to strive for simplicity. Dominique Moisi performs the infinitely more valuable task of making sense of the cacophony of complexities that shape our world.” Philip Stephens, Financial Times
“This is Moisi at his best: original, challenging and full of elegance. This little book shows how globalization has forged a new world disorder defined as much by clashes of emotions, as divisions over interests and power.” Mark Leonard, author of What Does China Think?
“Human beings are not automata concerned solely with maximising wealth or power. They are bundles of emotions. In this scintillating essay, the French analyst, Dominique Moisi, explores the role of three potent emotions - hope, humiliation and fear - in shaping the world we live in today and might live in tomorrow.” Martin Wolf, author of Fixing Global Finance