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- DescriptionIn recent years, analysts of world affairs have suggested that cultural interests -- ethnicity, religion, and ideology -- play a primary role in patterns of conflict and alliances, and that in the future the clash of civilizations will dominate international relations. The Limits of Culture explores the effect of culture on foreign policy, focusing on countries in the geopolitically important Caspian region and paying particular attention to those states that have identified themselves as Islamic republics -- Iran, Taliban Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The contributors to The Limits of Culture find that, contrary to the currently popular view, culture is rarely more important than other factors in shaping the foreign policies of countries in the Caspian region. They find that ruling regimes do t necessarily act according to their own rhetoric. Iran, for example, can conduct policies that contradict the official state ideology without suffering domestic retribution. Also, countries frequently align with one ather when they do t share religious beliefs or cultural heritage. For example, Christian Armenia cooperates on trade and security with n-Christian Iran. Cultural identities, the contributors find, are flexible eugh to enable states to pursue a wide range of policies that are consistent with their material interests. As the essays in The Limits of Culture make clear, the emerging foreign policies of the Caspian states present a significant challenge to the culturalist argument.
- Author BiographyBrenda Shaffer is Research Director of the Caspian Studies Program at Harvard University. She is the author of Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity (MIT Press, 2002).
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication28/07/2006
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleBelfer Center Studies in International Security
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byBrenda Shaffer
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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