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Huntington in January 2004
Samuel Phillips Huntington

(1927-04-18)April 18, 1927
Died December 24, 2008(2008-12-24) (aged 81)
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Education Stuyvesant High School
Alma mater
Known for The Clash of Civilizations
Scientific career
Fields Political science
Influenced Fukuyama, Mearsheimer

Samuel Phillips Huntington (April 18, 1927 – December 24, 2008) was an American political scientist, adviser and academic. He spent most of his career working 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.

Huntington was 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. Many believed Hunting was responsible for helping to shape U.S. views on civilian-military relations, political development, and comparative government.

Huntington died on December 24, 2008 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts from congestive heart failure complicated by diabetes, aged 81.

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