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.
David E. Sanger, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and the Belfer Center's first senior fellow for National Security and the Press, is National Security Correspondent of The New York Times. In a 32-year career at the paper, he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has received many of journalism's top awards for national security, foreign policy and White House reporting. He specializes in coverage of nuclear proliferation and international economics. He is also the author of two best-sellers on foreign policy: "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power" (2009) and "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.'' He is a 1982 graduate of Harvard College and, with Graham Allison, teaches a case-study course at the Kennedy School, "Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy and the Press.''Last Updated: Jan 27, 2017, 11:07am