Author profile: Johan Eriksson

Johan Eriksson is Head of Research at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and Professor of Political Science at Södertörn University, Stockholm. Much of his research has focused on the theory-policy nexus and the politics of expertise in international relations. Eriksson has published seven books and numerous articles. For a more in-depth discussion on the political utilization of the “clash”, see Eriksson’s 2011 article co-authored with Ludvig Norman: “Political Utilization of Scholarly Ideas: ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ vs. ‘Soft Power’ in US Foreign Policy”, Review of International Studies 37(1). See also Eriksson’s forthcoming article “On the Policy Relevance of Grand Theory”, International Studies Pespectives (2013).

“The Clash of Civilizations” and Its Unexpected Liberalism

Johan Eriksson • Mar 6 2013 • Articles

Is it possible that Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” thesis could actually be employed in an argument for liberalism? If so, George W. Bush’s foreign policy did just that.


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