Was the approach of the Russet, Oneal, and Cox model appropriate?

Please respond to the discussion post. Agree or disagree with what the students post. ****STUDENTS DISCUSSION POST: “Was the approach of the Russet, Oneal, and Cox model appropriate? I believe the intent was a good start at using quantitative methods in an attempt to validate (or invalidate) Huntington’s theory. However, the Russet, Oneal, and Cox model was probably not the best framework to assess this theory due to the small sample set and non-representative factors. The factors chosen to quantify were not the best metrics to provide a valuable assessment. Though it was quantitative, it lacked substance. With better defined quantitative factors a case could be made for trying to show correlation which could support the theory. Their response did show a lack of any superficial at minimum understanding of quality assessment, which illustrates many academics’ frustration with using quantitative methods in political science.
Is Huntington valid when he dismisses Russet, Oneal, and Cox? Their rebuttal fell flat and was rightfully dismissed by Huntington, due to the lack of acknowledgment of complex relationships in a dynamic world driven by human decisions. However, Huntington should have realized that there was a possible case to be made using quantitative methods and should have caged his response to their one specific model. His response comes across as dismissive in an ideologically offended manner, not in a academically constructive way, which in my opinion undermines professionalism and erodes confidence in the forum of academia.
Overall, valid arguments and weaknesses exist on both sides. Huntington does present a coherent theory- an explanation in a field where new theories only arrive every demi-decade. Theories, which according to Mearsheimer (2019) would be a good theory if it ends up being correct 75% of the time. Many try to dismiss Huntington’s theory because it does not hold water in all cases, or doesnt fit a certain quantitative metric. It may be up to academia to decide what percentage of right results defines a good theory, much like in the quantitative method statistical relevance is a defined standard for this type of battle to be better defined.
References
Huntington, S. (1993). “The Clash of Civilizations?” Foreign Affairs,72(3), 22-49.
Russett, B., Oneal, J., & Cox, M. (2000). “Clash of Civilizations, or Realism and Liberalism Déjà Vu? Some Evidence.” Journal of Peace Research, 37(5), 583-608.
Huntington, S. (2000). “Try Again: A Reply to Russett, Oneal & Cox.” Journal of Peace Research, 37(5), 609-610.
Mearsheimer, J. (2019, November 1). Lecture №1 October 17, 2016 MGIMO Moscow: Lecture Mearsheimer Moscow-Offensive Realism in explaining the current and future US-China relations. [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved Auguluvst 25, 2020, from

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