According to distinguished scholar and historian Graham Allison, the world is witnessing a potentially dangerous iteration of what historians call the “Thucydides Trap,” a period when a rising power like China is able to challenge the ruling global power — in this case, the U.S. Allison’s new book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, argues that in the history of geopolitics this is the 17th instance of the “Trap,” and that most of the previous instances have resulted in war. Are a rising China and a Trump-led United States destined for conflict? What are the pathways to peace — the roads that lead these great powers away from the “Thucydides's Trap”?
Join us for a breakfast discussion with Allison and Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, as they take up one of the most important foreign policy questions of our time.
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- Graham Allison, Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School.
- Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia.
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