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Samuel P. Huntington

American political scientist

1927   -   2008

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: Harvard University, Yale University, University of Chicago, Stuyvesant High School
occupation: philosopher, geopolitician, political scientist, writer, university teacher, sociologist, economist
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Grawemeyer Award, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Samuel Phillips Huntington (April 18, 1927 – December 24, 2008) was an American political scientist, adviser and academic. He spent more than half a century at Harvard University, where he was director of Harvard's Center for International Affairs and the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor. During the presidency of Jimmy Carter, Huntington was the White House Coordinator of Security Planning for the National Security Council. During the 1980's Apartheid era in South Africa, he served as an adviser to P.W. Botha's Security Services. His controversial 2004 book "Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity" called for America to force immigrants to "adopt English" and the U.S. to turn to "Protestant religions" to "save itself against the threats" of Latino and Islamic immigrants. He is best known for his 1993 theory, the "Clash of Civilizations", of a post–Cold War new world order. He argued that future wars would be fought not between countries, but between cultures, and that Islamic extremism would become the biggest threat to world peace. Huntington was repeatedly denied admission to the National Academy of Sciences; and his writings have been debunked and criticized as "pseudo-science" and "absurd manipulations of facts" to support his subjective prejudices against minorities and immigrant cultures in America. Huntington is credited with helping to shape U.S. views on civilian–military relations, political development, and comparative government even into the current Trump administration.
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The Clash of Civilizations? ( 1993 )

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The Hispanic Challenge ( 2004 )

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