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The first book to expose and investigate the far-reaching emotional impact of globalization.In his celebrated 1993 book The Clash of Civilizations, political scientist Samuel Huntington argued that the fundamental source of conflict in the post–Cold War world would not be primarily ideological or economic, but cultural. In The Geopolitics of Emotion Dominique Moïsi, a leadThe first book to expose and investigate the far-reaching emotional impact of globalization.In his celebrated 1993 book The Clash of Civilizations, political scientist Samuel Huntington argued that the fundamental source of conflict in the post–Cold War world would not be primarily ideological or economic, but cultural. In The Geopolitics of Emotion Dominique Moïsi, a leading authority on international affairs, demonstrates that our post-9/11 world has become divided by more than cultural fault lines between nations and civilizations. Moïsi brilliantly chronicles how the geopolitics of today is characterized by a “clash of emotions,” and how cultures of fear, humiliation, and hope are reshaping the world.Moïsi contends that both the United States and Europe have been dominated by fears of the “other” and of their loss of a national identity and purpose. Instead of being united by their fears, the twin pillars of the West are more often divided by them—or, rather, by bitter debates over how best to confront or transcend them. For Muslims and Arabs, the combination of historical grievances, exclusion from the economic boon of globalization, and civil and religious conflicts extending from their homelands to the Muslim diaspora have created a culture of humiliation that is quickly devolving into a culture of hatred. Meanwhile, Asia has been able to concentrate on building a better future and seizing the economic initiative from the American-dominated West and so creating a new culture of hope.Do these emotions represent underlying cultural tendencies characteristic of particular regions and populations today? How will these varying emotions influence the political, social, and cultural conflicts that roil our world? How can the West transcend its fear and avoid sliding into protectionism or militarism? What can the Muslim world do to overcome is legacy of humiliation? Will China and India manage to maintain their status as the cultures of hope? And what will the effect of the world economic crisis be? By delineating the necessity of confronting emotions to understand our changing world and deciphering the driving emotions behind our cultural differences, The Geopolitics of Emotion presents a provocative new perspective on globalization....

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  • Vladimir
    2019-04-15 02:48

    As a scientist, I prefer reductionism. I like the attempts to explain tough problems using few basic principles. Of course, with this approach, we lose lot of the details but we achieve better understanding of the problem from within. Moïsi introduces emotions as additional variables for explaining geopolitics. Considering that diplomacy is very much rational discipline that aims to provide the order in already irrational world, introducing emotions might make things worse. However, Moïsi defends his theses very well and the geopolitics of the emotions (fear, humiliation and hope) are something that should defenetly be taken into account. The book is very interesting to read and, for my fellow countrymen, there is a translation in Serbian.

  • Santo
    2019-03-24 04:42

    In 1993, Samuel Huntington introduced the theory that conflicts would emanate from frictions along race, ethnic, and religious lines. In particular, he outlined the potential clashes among the western, muslim, Confucian, and orthodox civilizations. I still remember the first time I read that article for my Intro to IR class at the University of British Columbia.Indeed, many debates came about from Huntington’s theory. Some people voiced out views in favor of Huntington, while others thought that his argument was flawed at many levels. Regardless, the “Clash of Civilizations” theory has provided a basis for many studies and analysis of the post-Cold War era. A starting point for practitioners and academics to discuss today’s globalized world.In these times of uncertainty, we are all hungry for ideas that could theorize our complex existence into plain patterns. How can we explain problems in a more simple way, so that we can find ways to solve them? How do we make sense of the world, in a time when we are often unable to differentiate our friends from foes?In The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope Are Reshaping the World, Dominique Moisi tries to explain the state of conflict in international relations through an exploration of human emotions. Our fear, anger, and hate; the feelings that often pushes us to the brink of conflict and war.Moisi wrote: “Who are we? …In an ever changing world without borders, the question is intensely relevant. Identity is strongly linked with confidence, and in turn confidence, or the lack thereof, is expressed in emotions – in particular, those of fear, hope, and humiliation”.The world, the nations and countries of the world, can be divided into groups of people who embrace a culture of fear, humiliation or hope. And we are seeing conflicts emerge along these lines. The humiliated carrying out attacks on those with hope. And those who are fearful lashing out against the hopeful ones.In discussing the culture of hope, Moisi talks about the peoples in China and India, and their striving for a better world, although some times at the cost of frictions with others. In general, Moisi called Asia “the continent of hope”, highlighting that economic progress and the burgeoning of hope has attributed to more peaceful conditions among the countries in the region.The culture of humiliation is represented by feelings emanating from the Middle East. Moisi argues that while the Islamic civilization continues to grow worldwide, the Arab culture is actually in decline. Unable to cope with the advent of modernity, the Middle Eastern people are constantly feeling humiliated by the tragedies and losses that they have suffered, including the creation of the Israeli State and the continued meddling of the United States in regional politics. As a result, this shared sense of humiliation has provided the most potent ingredient for aggression towards others around the world, particularly those thought to be responsible for their current state of existence.In responding to the cultures of fear and humiliation growing in various parts of the world, the West (Europe and the United States) have become regressed, developing a culture of fear. Fear of those with hope, and fear of those humiliated. And this fear has been the main source of the West’s frictions with the rest of the world.Of course, Moisi’s theory is not perfect. He actually doesn’t pretend to develop an infallible way of looking the world. But what he has done is to make us, the reader, view the world through different perspectives, actually, different feelings.Realists say that conflict, or the onset of conflict can be predicted by a calculation of power (be it economic or military) and the imbalances of power among nations. What Moisi tells us is that regardless of power (no matter how powerful or seemingly powerless people are) or the relations among powers in the world, friction and conflict comes from differences in emotions.That, in spite of our culture differences, emotions can unite people to act in one way or another. That, at the end of the day, our world would be a better place if fear and humiliation could be supplanted with the feelings of hope. Simple enough, right? Then again, the simple things in life are often the hardest to achieve.

  • Marija
    2019-04-13 06:47

    Inasmuch as this book refers to contemporary events and conflicts, it is a pity that it was written before Mubarak’s fall, Arab Spring and the latest exacerbation of Syrian conflict. These events would definitely add noteworthy tone to already enthralling observations of the author. However, “The Geopolitics of Emotion” is a study of global dynamics and their changes with an impact on emotions, which serve as a measure of success, decay, development or stagnation. Dominique Moïsi is offering his analysis of different cultures through assigned emotions: the culture of hope for Asia, the culture of humiliation for the Middle East and Muslim dominated the world, and the culture of fear for Europe and the United States.Notwithstanding that this book takes charge of three primary emotions (hope, humiliation and fear), the author indirectly explores the notion of confidence, “which is the defining factor in how nations and people address the challenges they face as well as how they relate to one another”. He is somewhat positively biased toward Asian development and responds to questions about identity defining the twenty-first century as “the Asian century” and “the century of identity.” Having said that, the large portion of this chapter is still imbued with objective remarks especially about China as a “stultified autocracy” whose confidence is “based partially on its imperial past” and Japan that “shares many strength and weaknesses of Europe” such as “depression, introspection, anxiety and self-absorption.” As a European, Moïsi is expressing typical intellectual aloofness while writing about Europe. Yet, it seems that his outlook on the prospects of the culture of hope and culture of humiliation makes them inevitably dependent on European culture defined as the culture of fear.As historical battle against religious dominance has been won in most of European countries long time ago, excluding Balkans whose concept of religion and democracy is predominantly conditioned by historical lack of identity and culture of humiliation similar to Russia, “The Geopolitics of Emotion” argues that we may see Muslims “as an anachronistic evocation of “our” past between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries…” The chapter about the culture of humiliation is thoroughly written and pervaded by a historical background in its attempt to look into cross-border influences, the challenges of modernity, the glorious past, geopolitical fantasies, ‘we’ versus ‘they’ dichotomy as well as “an exacerbated demand for dignity”. Although optimistic about Asian development, the author does not anticipate that current clash of European and Islamic values will be perhaps shifted from Europe to Asia. He discusses beliefs and judgments of new generations in Europe and the United States whose notion about future has been seized by the question of tolerance and fear of being overruled, overpowered and overpopulated by ‘the others’. Still “…where twentieth-century Europe was built on the idea of transcending history, its special strength and weakness being its ability to evoke or to conjure up its past, America is above all about the future.” He emphasises though “ there is a fine line between the need to respect the values of others and the danger of extreme cultural relativism, which abandons all rules and standards in the name of universal acceptance.”The last chapters of the book are hilarious as Dominique Moïsi offers two visions of the world in 2025 in form of parody: one dominated by the emotion of fear and humiliation and the other one fostered by the emotion of hope. As a reader, I appreciated his optimism, the quintessential faith in universal values and his open attitude towards positive outcomes, which will make this book unforgettable.

  • Marina
    2019-04-02 05:53

    I'm only giving this book three stars because I'm glad topics like this are finally being treated in somewhat mainstream literature. Otherwise, I found this book rather superficial. In his attempt to make the book accessible by many, Moïsi fails to provide any sort of ontological and methodological justification for his project. I'd say the success of the book is partly due to the convincing writing style, which does present the book as a thesis that partly goes without saying. In fact, I find the style of writing too Anglo-Saxon for its own good. As I understand it, Moïsi tried to give the book a non-French touch, rightly so, as French writing is notoriously inaccessible. However, I feel that the frequent usage of terms that seem to very popular in Anglo-Saxon pop philosophy make the book sound more like an extensive and entertaining blog post, rather than a serious conceptual proposal.Speaking of the conceptual proposal, Moïsi fails to provide any adequate backing for his thesis. I am saying this from the perspective of an aspiring scholar already convinced of the relevance (and primacy) of emotions in international relations, both theoretically and practically. In fact, one of my main research interests concerns the union between psychoanalysis and international relations. It is in this light that I found this book lacking. No rationale is provided for the undertaking of this thesis beyond simplified parallelisms, as well as anecdotal observations. I would have found this approach perfectly acceptable had Moïsi constructed a methodology based on this particular reading of the world. However, at this stage, the book is merely reduced to a series of very short accounts of emotional placements. This latter issue is also what adds to the superficiality by providing nourishing grounds for generalizations, in my view completely inappropriate.Furthermore, for a book written as a somewhat deconstructivist attempt of the hegemony of a Western mode of thinking in geopolitics, the thesis remains surprisingly Western. And in that framework, Moïsi's analysis of the West as an emotional unit is also what resonates the most with me as a reader. Beyond this, his generalizations on the cultures of hope, fear and humiliation ignore most complex realities. Even in his case studies Moïsi does not remedy for this.All in all, I feel that this book tries to present a social constructivist thesis that sometimes aspires towards post-modern readings, but more often falls into considering classical realist conceptions of power. If one finds time and energy, this is still a book to read, as it attempts to introduce the subjectivity that both the theoretical and practical aspects of world politics are in dire need of.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-12 04:43

    Well. This was, um, different. I am really taken with the basic premise, that of finding a way to analyze emotion as an element of international relations. There was some thought-provoking content here, and some real potential in adding this as a tool to the way we look at the nations in the world around us.That said, the book has some glaring weaknesses. I feel Moisi really left a lot of the potential of the topic untouched; in the introduction he outlined some possible ways to begin to study and quantify emotion in different countries, but his analysis barely touched these. He failed to mention, for example, things like birthrate as he discussed the various nations. And the possible quantifiers he mentioned, even if he had analyzed them thoroughly, are very weak. This is an area needing some work if he wants to get his work widely noticed by political scientists in the US. Moisi constantly warned against oversimplification in his analysis, but then he dramatically oversimplifies himself--a real problem with this subject matter. How can it NOT be an oversimplification to assert that all of Asia is hopeful, or all of the West is fearful? Also, at times his discussion especially of the US is extremely shallow. He seems mired in the "Bush-bad cowboy, Obama=Hope for the Future" hogwash the media puts out. It seems to me someone at Harvard ought to be able to put some real thought into US politics beyond this trite level. One glaring example--on page 118 he says of Obama that he seeks to restore "an instinctive faith in moderation" to the US. Huh? Sadly, Moisi turns the last chapter into an exercise in silliness, "imagining" what the world would be like in 2025 if we choose "fear" and alternately of we choose "hope" then utters some amazingly mindless statements, like this example from pabe 158: "A realist in the world of idealists, I may also be seen as an idealist in the world of realists." Come again? I am having a hard time imagining a universe in which this sentence makes any sense whatsoever. Good basic ideas, but the follow-through could use some work.

  • William Kirkland
    2019-04-13 00:44

    Moïsi, a student of, and commentator on, international affairs, takes as a given that wide, shared social/national emotions exist. He does not explore them, their foundations, growth or persistence though social life, or indeed how one emotion departs and another arrives. He does say that the motivation for wars can be found here – and that this has not been much studied. Describing himself as a “passionately moderate man,” he hopes to “provide a corrective to the simplified views — such as those of Frances Fukuyama or Samuel Huntington– that tend to dominate most discourse on International Relations.” He wants to look at ” the mix of emotions and shades of gray most truly characteristic of our world.” In six chapters, of 160 pages, he sets out his thesis — that the cultures of Hope, of Humiliation, and of Fear, act globally, shaping the tensions and providing the motivations for much national behavior. He has chosen these three emotions rather than others, such as anger, despair, resentment, because “they are closely linked the the notion of confidence,” which he has been struck by in people he has met in lectures and meetings around the world; lack of confidence in their own future, in their ability to shape their lives or participate in what they experience of the world, a world heavily weighted by the processes and results of globalization.For full review see

  • Ivan Petrovic
    2019-04-06 03:05

    Jako malo korisnih informacija.

  • Anja Weber
    2019-04-14 00:46

    GEOPOLITIKA EMOCIJA, DOMINIK MOJSI, KLIO, BEOGRAD, 2012.Jedna Od retkih sociološko – Antropoloških knjiga; koja sa političko filozofskog stanovištvu sagledava emotivnu obojenost kontinenata, naroda i kultura/ religija; te njihovu sadašnju poziciju u okviru geostrateških konstelacija. Dominik Mojsi, sociolog-antropolog; polazi od nekolika veoma bitnih elemenata psihičke strukture čovekove svesti / podsvesti a za njega su polazne tačke emocije: nada, strah i poniženje. Ako se osvrnemo i zagledamo unutar svog sopstva; možemo slobodno da se zapitamo koliko smo mi sami kao individualci, lično doživeli i koliko su nas duboko potresale te emocije. Ali kad se ovo projektuje na čitave, nacije, kontinente; te kulture i civilizacije; onda će nam „ možda“ neki geo-strateški tokovi biti jasniji, projektovani, oboejni emotivnom strukturom čovekove samosvesti. Ova knjiga je neverovatna analiza:kolektivnih emocija u eri globalizacije; kad sve postaje toliko unificirano; i a koliko te emocije utiču na političke akcije, rešenje konflikata i podsticanje promena. Ono što je dirljivo je Mojsijev holistički pogled na svet ; prožet optimizmom i kulturom dijaloga; u kome su svi kontinenti i narodi podjednako povezani kroz ovu emotivnu stukturu.Da li je Azija kontinent, koja se vezuje za filozofiju Nade..(“Nada je samopouzdanje“ - „Nada je vera u sopstveni identitet, u sposobnost sopstvene interakcije sa svetom.“ )– zbilja isključivo kontinent Nade!? Evropa i Usa , kontinet straha. Bliski i Srednji Istok, fenomenologije poniženja? Autor je doboko ubedjen da niko ne može da ignoriše emocije; ni politički lideri, ni oni koji se bave istorijom, ni obični gradjani. Bojimo se da je pokušaj da fromulišemo emotivne obrasce sveta u kome živimo u ravni zemaljske kugle, opasan poduhvat; ali smatramo da je Mojsi to uspeo; više nego upečatljivo. Dominiku Mojsiju polazi za rukom da to ilusturuje tako što involvira ove tri osnovne emocije prema kojima se orijentišu te nacije i pa ih tako i deli..Azija je zemlja nade; Bliski Istok ili kultura Islama je mesto (fiktivno) je zemlja poniženja; dok su Amerika i Evropa zemlje Straha. Mada i medj ovim kontinentima i zemljama ima finih ali i drastičnih razlika; što proizilazi iz njihovih karakteristika: Kina i Indija . Japan nije isto što Kina i Indija, azijska zemlja; dok su zemlje Islama; duboko podeljene prema nacijama. A Evropa i USA su priča za sebe; što zbog svoje istorijske prošlosti; sadašnjeg finansijksog gubitništva; podeljenosti unutar granica E.U. Mnoga pitanja provejavaju kroz ovu knjigu gledana kroz veoma duboko promišeljenu analitičku studiju koju je Mojsi pretočio Geopolitiku emocija.Da li osećaj gubljenja moći; pozicija prosperiteta gura Gradjanje Evrope u osećaj bojazni: gubitka posla, smanjenja stanovništva – bele populacije, bankrota penzionih fondova nakon sloma 2008, etc. Uticaj etničkih grupa iz nekadašnjih kolonija; koje su sad postale sastavni deo nacionalnog korpusa Francuske, U.K. ili Španije!? Da li je socijalni status; njihovih naturalizovanih gradjanja; po nekad izvor ili baza za stvaranje terorisitkih napada radikalnih islamista. Što se slično dogodilo 11. spetembra 2000 u USA; mogu li Evropa i USA da se bore sa tim a da ne sruše osnovne postulate demokratije!? Kao što je pozicija Rusije izmedju Istoka i Zapada, varirala od poniženja u vremenima rušenja Brlinskog zida, raspada SSSR i vladavine Jeljcina. Kako uporediti zadovoljne gradjane Rusije sa današnjim oligarhijskim sistemom u kome nema gladnih; na smrt bolesnih a bespomoćnih kao u doba Jeljcina. Danas kad će vam svaki ruski gradjanin poručiti svojim stavom da je on gradjanin jedne imperije; da ne mari za demokratiju ali da mu je iznad svega bitnija sigurnost. Slično se odnosi i na gradjane Kine; koja je unikum nastao iz vekovima starog carstva. Da li su ove dve poslednje dve zemlje zrele za demokratiju. Na ta i mnoga druga pitanja Dominik Mojsi, pokušava da odgovori.Sagledavši svet iz različitih emotivnih perspektiva; ovaj sociolog uspostavlja jednu teoriju; koja možda nije uvek funkcionalna ali prema njemu da bez obzira na moć pojedinih zemalja; pa i svetskih slila; konfliktne situacije izbijaju na bazi emocija. Recimo: Arapsko – Izraelski sukobi..Da bise izgladili ti slojeviti sukobi; potrebno je 1000 mudraca ali sve je moguće dok se pregovara. Onda kad izbije konflikt; kao što Mojsi pominje, više puta Balkan te EX YU..; kasno je! Da li se konflikti unutar gradjanskog rata moraju rešavati nasilno; čemu je Amerika sklona..Naši anlaitičari; su skloni tome da odbacuju emocije kad je u pitanju politika, ali ti političari dobijaju na izborima manipulišući emocijama masa. Dakle, lideri velikih zemalja pa i onih malih; kao što je Srbija treba da povedu računa o onome što razmišlja, oseća prosečan glasač i šta iščekuje od svog lidera u sledeće 4 godine..O ovoj knjizi se može još mnogo reći ali uz pogovor Zagorke Golubović, na koncu knjige bilo bi suvišno još nešto pisati..Tople preporuke..

  • Daniel Solera
    2019-03-23 07:56

    The title of this book alone intrigued me. I thought the book was going to talk about the ways in which the titular emotions play into the specific speeches and dialogues of world leaders – such as politicians inspiring their constituents through hope-filled rhetoric (Obama); theocrats stoking the fires of vengeance through hate (takfir and fatwas) or polarizing media outlets using fear to inflate trivial matters to that of national catastrophe and in the process sell more expensive ad space.Dominique Moïsi’s book, however, isn’t exactly that. Instead, we have what amounts to a psychological profile of various different geopolitical areas, classifying each into overly broad generalizations without a single statistic, chart or poll result. Moïsi, in fact, calls himself out very early in the book in this regard and says that he will be arguing his point relying almost entirely on his emotional feel for particular countries and cultures rather than relying on statistics, polls or any other sort of “scientific” investigation. While Moïsi may feel pride at such audacity, I felt like he lost a bit of credibility by offering this concession so early in the book. But how does his insight stack up in the absence of cold, hard facts?Moïsi’s generalizations go as such: China and India are experiencing widespread feelings of hope, despite a strong authoritarian government that limits personal freedoms (China) and widespread extreme poverty (India), both countries envision themselves as the future of the planet given their burgeoning economies and ever-growing middle class. The Middle East and countries largely inhabited by Muslims are going through an extended period of humiliation, mostly due to the fact that Christianity, the primary religion of Western culture, is currently calling the shots. The heavily religious United States is involved in many operations in the Middle East, calling for western principles of democracy and the free market, though not to the sounds of universal cheers – and Israel does nothing to help the situation. Finally, the United States and Europe are living in fear; fear of China and India, fear of immigrants and fear of each other.The problem, of course, is that those feelings don’t neatly fit every country in the region. Moïsi acknowledges this and occasionally points out the inconsistencies but at the expense of making his whole “point” start to crumble. Moïsi also published the book in 2009 and when you’re talking about global emotions, a lot can happen in two years, especially with the recent uprisings in Libya and Egypt. Though the idea of treating countries and political blocs as individual people and measuring their emotions sounds like an interesting idea, it’s too flimsy to be taken seriously. For my tastes, I prefer George Friedman’s The Next Hundred Years for a more fact-based approach to geopolitical predictions.The end of the book gives two possible scenarios: a doomsday conflagration where everyone succumbs to fear, and a bright future where we all forgive each other for our transgressions and make up. Moïsi admits that both situations are far-fetched and almost comical, stating that the real future is likely in between, for better or worse.

  • Xavier Alexandre
    2019-04-17 02:47

    Dominique Moisi suggests re-defining geopolitics from an emotions rather than a geographic point of view. Asia is the continent of hope, Europe and the US the continent of fear, and the Muslim world is beset by humiliation. Written shortly after Obama election in 2008, this book seems too pregnant with emotions at the time, such as the enthusiasm about Obama, and the then positive outlook in Asia. Special cases exist, such as Russia, Israel and Iran, where all 3 emotions co-exist... Russia will benefit from high oil prices "for the forseeable future"... All in all, this analysis does sustain the test of time, somewhat, albeit not without damage to the optimistic scenario suggested by the author. His negative scenario looks more precise, as seen in 2016.

  • Juliette
    2019-04-13 03:57

    A nice try to give an emotional portrait of the world (the west, the asian, the arab world and the africa). Information collection plus first hand experiences give the author a certain insight as for how emotions are reshaping the world. However, being more litterature and art oriented, M.Moisi tends to be too optimistic in certain areas, such as his approval for Dubai's "booming" economy and the rush conclusion that "Arab and democracy can be compatible" based on Dubai's model (I don't deny that the Arab culture could be compatible with democracy but certainly not for the reason that Dubai showed us), ignoring the fact that the country created a huge real estate bubble through heavy government borrowings (the book was written before the bankcruptcy of Dubai World).Other flaws include enormous trust on Obama's ability to restore American people's confidence, not taking into considertation the economic doom that they are experiencing and the strong dependance on Asia (especially China and Japan's huge support by stocking dollar reserve).The author tends to be also too optimistic on Obama's ability to change US's politics, which is so much based on bi party differences as well as electorate's group interest rather than human being's benefit. But I appreciate the objectivity of the author, who suggest that USA must become more modest, accepting that it is no more the only superpower in the world.

  • Bárbara
    2019-03-23 07:44

    I absolutely loved this book!!! It's one of best political books I've read lately. It might sound a little bit obvious at first, the way he describes countries/continents and associate them with specific emotions, but he goes deeper and leaves important ideas and insights. It's a really good portray of political trends, showing how emotions (fear, humiliation and hope) shaped and shape the current state of affairs. He illustrates everything with clear examples and even with personal stories, what makes the reader close to the writer. What I really enjoyed was his moderate and holistic view of the world and different cultures. He also ends surprisingly with a kind of eschatology: what the world would be in 2020 if fear prevails and then if hope prevails. This is extremely uncommon, specially for an academic, but it was an interesting and audacious touch. And it works perfectly! Dominique is not only a great geopolitical analyst, but he is also a great writer! It was hard to stop "listening" to it. I got it as an audiobook and the narrator, Scott Peterson, was also fabulous. One of the best sentences: 20th century was the century of ideology, the 21st century is the century of identity and of women.

  • Andre
    2019-03-19 07:50

    Fascinating. A bit like Lucy Van Pelt explaining "little known facts" to Linus and Charlie Brown -- Moisi proposes and intriguing and promising concept, i.e. that the emotional climate prevailing among peoples can be mapped like their political and cultural environment, and that understanding this national zeitgeist can better help us understand what is happening in the world so that we can better chart our own future. However, he tends to overgeneralize and reshape facts or pseudofacts to fit the emotional framework he is trying to create. The end result is a work with an interesting premise that, unfortunately, cannot be taken very seriously.

  • Tim Hoiland
    2019-04-04 07:39

    What does emotion have to do with geopolitics? Everything, according to Dominique Moïsi, author of The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope Are Reshaping the World (Anchor Doubleday). Moïsi, a French political scientist, Harvard professor, and son of an Auschwitz survivor, argues that we cannot understand the events of history without careful consideration of the role of emotions, “which seem to control us much more than we control them.” The world, he says, is characterized by three key emotions: fear, hope and humiliation.- See more at:

  • Kipahni
    2019-03-23 03:53

    Leave it to a frenchman to tell us all who we are. But seriously it is an interesting concept that I can totally see, in particular with the dealings of the middle east. For having lived there I see the humiliation-and I would add opression that is palable in such a society. While americans live in fear I think we try to remain hopeful- almost to a fault in that we hope that each president will SAVE us from the previous presidents mistakes only to be crushed when things can't be fixed quicker then what we like. anyway- still an interesting book.

  • Barb
    2019-04-02 02:46

    This is written by a French economist who has worked in the U.S. It is one of the best books I've read about world politics and I highly recommend it. He maps the political world based on the emotions of fear (U.S. and Europe,) hope (India and China), and humiliation (the Mideast) and gives a couple of alternative scenarios for 2025. After reading this I had a better understanding of why Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize. He hasn't really earned it but the world is still highly invested in American being a part of the solution and a ray of hope.

  • Mark F
    2019-04-01 07:57

    An amazing book - one of the first books I have truly enjoyed reading in quite some time. An insightful and conscise thesis of our [the world's] emotions of fear, humilation, and hope collectively through a remapping of geographic and political realitities in an age of globalization and the how these emotions in concert with cultural, social and econonic factors are reshaping international relations, political trends and conflicts, and ultimately the world.A response to Samuel Huntington’s "The Clash of Civilizations".

  • Libby
    2019-03-25 01:02

    For the first 120 pages or so I figured the book was just anecdotal and oversimplifying - flaws but not sins. Then I got to "Just as abused children often abuse their own children, the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians, blending ignorance, disdain, and brutality, may be linked to the scars the Israelis carry from the recent Jewish past."I do not tolerate books and authors who propagate misinformation. A small minority of abuse victims go on to perpetuate violence themselves. A distinct fact is that abusers are likely to have experienced an abusive past.

  • Triin
    2019-03-26 08:47

    I read syncronically to Samuel Huntington ("Clash of civilizations.."), so this was a great comparison. Moisi's view was thrilling went it came to Europe. He questioned, how is Europe defining itself? Culturally or politically? For Moisi, europeans are living under fear (this is one of the emotions). Cultural fear. Good example here is Turkey. Politically they would have been already accepted to EU but because of fear for moslems, EU has not done it yet. Great thoughts!

  • Rhesa
    2019-04-15 05:49

    I know majority of IR scholars or IR community will look down this book, as the author has predicted before hand, but call it what you like, for me this is a groundbreaking work, it introduces the psychology in IR, who to say that only politics & sociology have the `authoritative` perspective on IR? by bringing psychology, IR brodens its perspective and, like the dream of the author, IR could diagnose & provide the right therapy of the psychological sickness of a country or people group.

  • Piruvi
    2019-03-26 06:00

    Although I find the book to be not written enough academical, I enjoyed it a lot. I think the author has very interesting and rather non traditional ideas. It is also at the same time nice that the writing is rather simple and easy to understand, so it is more accessible for various types of readers. Gave it 5 stars for interesting ideas and enjoyable read!

  • Jpp
    2019-04-14 05:56

    Brillant! Enfin des idées fraiches et documentées sur les conflits de civilisation. Son partage du monde entre peur, humiliation et espoir apporte beaucoup à la reflexion. Un seul regret: avoir dissocié lAmérique latine de l'Occident alors qu'elle en constitue au contraire l'avenir et un des premiers espoirs!

  • Marc
    2019-03-27 07:55

    Analysis of the world situation in the year 2008, on the basis of the psychological categories fear, humiliation and hope. Such an approach has the advantage to be simple and transparent, the disadvantage is that the complexity of reality is not quite met. But the attempt is certainly meritorious!

  • Egor Prosvirnin
    2019-04-03 01:57

    Расширенная статьяКнига, выросшая из статьи в Foreign Affairs, так и осталась всего лишь расширенной версией статьи. Так что если вас интересует "геополитика эмоций" (само собой, что автор - француз), то текст на FA более чем достаточен.

  • Amandine
    2019-04-03 02:56

    Some interesting remarks and enlightening about the world situation through the prism of emotions ( fear, humiliation and hope) continent after continent . A little bit repetitive and generalized sometimes though

  • Steve
    2019-03-23 05:56

    Saturday, 3 July 2010. Stumbled upon this book while browsing in the Cannon Beach Book Company. Read an opinion piece by the author in the International Herald Tribune when we were in London, 28 October 2010.

  • Pieter
    2019-04-11 08:39

    Interessante invalshoek om bepaalde nationale gevoelens in kaart te brengen. Toch voor controversiële standpunten die amper onderbouwd zijn.

  • Séverine
    2019-04-02 06:37

    VERY CLEAR VERY POWERFUL VERY WISE! It helps me understand how the world works!

  • Nix
    2019-03-27 09:02

    promete más de lo que termina siendo

  • Karmen
    2019-04-13 04:50

    Book has few interesting ideas but they are touched only on the surface. Aims to dig deep but doesn't want to get one's hands dirty. A pitty.