Samuel Huntington, one of the most influental  American conservative pundits and foreign policy advisers of our time, known for books such as  Political Order in Changing Societies (1968), The Crisis of Democracy: On the Governability of Democracies (1976), the essay Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order(1993) and for coining the phrase coining the phrase Davos Man, died at Christmas eve.

Huntington was a controversial man and no one was neutral towards towards his work. He has been dubbed the greatest political scientists since Plato by some. Others label the essentialist platitudes in e.g. Clash of Civilizations quasi science at best and manufacturing of a self fulfilling prophesy at worst. Yet others have called him a CIA “asset”, arguing that he used to work for a CIA consultant, producing documents paid for and censored by them. Whatever the case and whether we agree with his products or not he was a smart and very influential guy.

in 1985 “the former director
of Harvard’s Center for International Affairs, Samuel P. Huntington, was…uncloaked as a
CIA ‘asset’ working secretly with a CIA consultant and publishing documents that
were…paid for…by the Agency” (CIA Off Campus by Ami Chen Mills)