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Presentation Title

Thucydides’ Trap: On the Inevitability of War between the United States and China

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Jack Guen-Murray '13Follow

Location

Young 126

Abstract

The relationship between the United States and China is the most important in contemporary global politics. Over two thousand years ago in ancient Greece, Thucydides, the father of political realism, wrote that when a rising power inspires fear in the dominant power, war is the inevitable result. Since 1500, in 11 of 15 cases, Thucydides has been correct. China is rising fast. The U.S. wears an old crown. Will there be war between these two countries?

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 11:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2013 11:20 AM

Panel

Panel: War, Peace and Virtue

Panel Moderator

Carolyn Golz

Field of Study for Presentation

Asian Studies

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Apr 9th, 11:00 AM Apr 9th, 11:20 AM

Thucydides’ Trap: On the Inevitability of War between the United States and China

Young 126

The relationship between the United States and China is the most important in contemporary global politics. Over two thousand years ago in ancient Greece, Thucydides, the father of political realism, wrote that when a rising power inspires fear in the dominant power, war is the inevitable result. Since 1500, in 11 of 15 cases, Thucydides has been correct. China is rising fast. The U.S. wears an old crown. Will there be war between these two countries?