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.
Yasmeen Mekawy is a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. Her areas of specialization are Comparative Politics and Political Theory with a regional focus on the Middle East, and her research interests include authoritarian regimes, new media, and mass mobilization.Last Updated: May 23, 2017, 5:35pm