In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides’s Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past — and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.
A discussion with Karim Makdisi, Associate Professor of International Politics and Director of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Visiting Scholar at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and Research Director of the UN in the Arab World program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, on their recent book Land of Blue Helmets: The United Nations and the Arab World (October 2016) from University of California Press. They will be joined by contributor Susann Kassem, PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, on her chapter "Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency: The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and 'Quick Impact Projects.'"
Moderated by Ian Johnstone, Professor of International Law, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Followed by a book signing with the authors at the Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
Co-sponsored by the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Susann Kassem is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut. She is researching UN peacekeeping practices in southern Lebanon.