Avoiding War Between the U.S. and China: Interview with Dr. Graham Allison of Harvard Kennedy School

We discuss the “Thucydides’s Trap” in this cast with Dr. Graham Allison of the Belfer Center of Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Allison has advised Defense Secretaries from the Reagan to the Obama Administrations. He is the author of Destined for War: America, China, and Thucydides’s Trap. Dating back to Athens and Sparta, the historical idea is that a rising power will conflict with an establishment power and generally this will lead to war.

That this could happen with China sounds incredible, but there are scenario’s where involuntary actions or external events could lead to it. And it could be avoided if the right steps are taken.

We discuss:

  • 16 rivalries in history that might presage today’s events.
  • Scenarios that could trigger a war even if no one wants it
  • Reagan and the Cold War
  • Britain and Germany
  • North Korea, Russia and Other Foreign Policy Issues

(Intro music by http://www.dontworry.tv. Background music courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)