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.
Emile Simpson read ancient and modern history at Oxford University then joined the British Army from 2006–2012 as an infantry officer; he completed three tours in southern Afghanistan. That experience formed the basis of his first book, War From the Ground Up: Twenty-First-Century Combat as Politics.
He also holds a graduate diploma in English law and is currently completing a doctorate in the history of international law at King's College London. The project concerns the concept of the enemy in international law, and the associated jurisdictional ideas, from the seventeenth century to the present.
Additionally, he is a columnist at Foreign Policy magazine.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm