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Is the contemporary era of economic globalization producing hybridized individuals and societies? Are distinct cultures and nations coming to an end? If so, what will they be replaced by? What is the impact of the global economy on civilizations and nations? These questions arise when we think about the changes brought about by the rise of what Japanese management theorist and former university dean Kinichi Ohmae calls "the region state."

Here are some questions to think about as you read the article "The Rise of the Region State":

  • According to Ohmae, why have nation states become an unnatural, even dysfunctional, unit for organizing human activity?
  • What does Ohmae mean by "region state"?
  • What are some challenges that the rise of the region state poses for governments? What role, if any, should central governments play in today's global economy?
  • How would Huntington respond to Ohmae's explanation of what's going on in the world today? Whose explanation do you think is better and why?

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On Tues., March 9, we return to the idea of cultural confrontation with a reading by political scientist Samuel Huntington on the contemporary “clash of civilizations.”

Here are some questions to think about as you read:

  • According to Huntington, what will be the main source of international conflict in the future?
  • How does civilizational identity differ from national identity?
  • What reasons does Huntington give for why civilizations will clash?
  • How does the contemporary clash of civilizations compare to the conflict between the Spanish and the Natives of the New World that we read about in Todorov's Conquest of America?
  • Is "the West" with its multicultural, liberal democratic regimes inevitably in conflict with other types of civilizations?
  • Do you think civilizations seek to remain distinct and different from one another?
  • Are you persuaded by Huntington's "clash of civilizations" thesis? Why or why not?

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“The Rise of the Region State” by Kenichi Ohmae
Question 1
The nation state has become dysfunctional because it represents an in-genuine society
interest. Kenichi Ohmae (1993) proves that the nation state combines human activity at the
wrong analysis level by overlooking the links between disparate states.
Question 2
Region states are economic unites created by different states. An excellent example of
this is Wales, in Northern Italy.
Question 3
Region states evade tax payment. They also do not participate in the funding of military
forces that can protect borders. The central government needs to ensure that the region state is
small enough to accommodate its citizens’ consumer and economic interests by embracing
infrastructural developments that are vital to the global economy.
Question 4
Hunting would agree with Ohmae that indeed the region states have taken the
contemporary society to another level of dependence rather than independence. I think Ohmae’s
explanation is better because its argument resonate with modern world economic concerns across
the globe.
“The Clash of Civilization” by Huntington Samuel
Question 1
The main cause of international conflict would be materialism ...


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