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.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an intractable conflict, a complex phenomenon that has encouraged some analysts to suggest a "conflict management" rather than a "conflict resolution" approach to peacemaking. The speakers will describe and evaluate four models of peacemaking that grow out of these strategies. The first, the "dictator" model, involves unilateral action by one of the parties. The second, the "anarchist" model, encourages domestic reforms within each of the two societies. The third, the "diplomat" model, uses bargaining between political elites from both sides, as in the Oslo peace process of the 1990s. The fourth, the "democrat" model, proposes the creation of public, multiparty negotiating forums, based on the model used in South Africa and Ireland. The speakers will conclude that a multifaceted approach that includes elements from all four models is necessary to create conditions for a more constructive peace process.
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