Destined for War can America and China escape Thucydides's Trap?

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Graham Allison

Graham Tillett Allison, Jr. (Charlotte (North Carolina), 23 maart 1940) is een Amerikaanse bestuurskundige die baanbrekend onderzoek heeft gedaan op het gebied van crisis, defensie en buitenlandse politiek. Zijn meest bekende werk is het in 1971 verschenen Essence of decision - Explaining the Cuban missile crisis. br /br /Bron: Wikipedia. Beschikbaar onder de licentie a href=""Creative Commons Naamsvermelding/Gelijk delen/a.

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China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants. The reason, argues Harvard scholar Graham Allison in this razor-sharp analysis, is Thucydides's Trap. This phenomenon, as old as history itself, is named for the Greek historian's assessment of why the Peloponnesian War broke out: a rising power threatened to displace a ruling one. Over the past 500 years, such a struggle has occurred between major powers just sixteen times. In twelve cases, it resulted in war. Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America, and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries 'great again', the seventeenth case looks grim. Unless China scales back its ambitions or the US accepts becoming number two in the Pacific, a trade conflict, cyber attack, or accident at sea could soon escalate. Through uncanny historical parallels, Destined for War 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 US and China can and must take to avoid disaster.


[A] brief but far-reaching book in which potted history is incisively deployed ... One of the many strengths of Destined for Wa is the restoration of the late Samuel Huntington's 'Clash of Civilisations' theory, disparaged in the mid-1990s but subliminally gaining force by the day. Mr. Allison approvingly paraphrases Huntington's notion that 'the Western myth of universal values' is 'not just naive but inimical to other civilisations, particularly the Confucian one with China at its centre.' -- Robert D. Kaplan * The Wall Street Journal *
[A]rgue[s] persuasively that adjusting to this global power shift will require great skill on both sides if conflagration is to be avoided ... helpfully illustrated with maps and charts...with wide-ranging, erudite case studies that span human history ... this fine book show[s] that China intends to evict the United States from Asia in order to restore its dominance over what it considers its historic spheres of influence. Unfortunately, Washington is poorly prepared to deal with a China that strategises in terms of the symbolic undercurrents and sensitivities illuminated so dramatically by Allison.' -- Judith Shapiro * The New York Times Book Review *
As a single volume on the shape of the gathering rivalry and co-operation between the United States and China, this book is to be highly recommended. It is clearly written with a popular audience in mind. As such it can join the ranks of a number of such books that explain a wide range of complex concepts and historical episodes in a way that the layperson can readily engage with.' * NZ International Review *
Thought-provoking and very readable.' * The Sunday Times *
Surely another classic in the making, Destined for War is a brilliant example of thinking in time,' which - as the author shows - is against us.' -- Brendan Simms * author of Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy *
Graham Allison has been a source of inspiration for me as a student and diplomat. As with Essence of Decision, Destined for War again provides us with his penetrating insights into global politics in the 21st century and beyond.' -- Ban Ki-Moon * former Secretary General of the United Nations *
If any book can stop a world war, it is this one. This gripping book is a must read for policy makers in both nations as well as the general public.' -- Sam Nunn
Reading Destined for War and drawing from its lessons could help to save the lives of millions of people.' -- Klaus Schwab Destined for War is a must-read for anyone concerned about US-China relations. A gifted combination of scholarship with truly accessible writing.' -- Amitai Etzioni
Essential, even indispensable reading for every diplomat-and financier or businessman - that contemplates China and its relations with the world.' -- Kurt Campbell
Graham Allison is the Paul Revere of the nuclear age. In his brilliant book, Allison provides us with a heart stopping look into a future that may end as abruptly as the past began.' -- William Cohen
Graham Allison has written the most important foreign policy book of our time.' -- Sandy Winnefeld
For policymakers, scholars, and citizens on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, Destined for War is essential reading.' -- Ash Carter
Graham Allison has written a gripping book that decision-makers and citizens alike must read, digest, and act upon.' -- Samantha Power
An important new book.' * Financial Times * Do China and America want war? No. Might they be compelled into conflict by severe structural stress? Yes. Thankfully, Allison charts an essential course to avoid a catastrophic collision. Destined for War will be studied and debated for decades.' -- Kevin Rudd * former Prime Minister of Australia *
A provocative thesis on one of today's most pressing foreign policy issues and a page turner of the first order, Destined For War is a must read. Professor Allison writes with the propulsive narrative drive appropriate for such an immediate and danger-fraught topic. I can only hope that all senior policy experts read this timely book to prevent our country from falling into the trap Professor Allison so ably warns us against.' -- Christopher Reich * bestselling author of Invasion of Privacy *
One of the most insightful and thought-provoking books I have ever read on the most important relationship in the world: the US and China. If Graham Allison is right-and I think he is-China and the US must heed the lessons in this superb study in order to build a strategic relationship that avoids a war which neither side would win.' -- General (Ret.) David Petraeus * Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, former Director of the CIA, and former Commander of US Central Command *
You can bet that China's leaders will read Allison's warnings about Thucydides's Trap. I only wish I could be as sure about America's leaders. But every informed citizen should buy a copy.' -- Niall Ferguson
Can the US avoid confrontation with China? That is the geopolitical question of our age. In most cases, Thucydides was right: when a new power arises in the world, it results in a clash with the dominant power. This important and fascinating book extracts lessons for how we can avoid such a confrontation.' -- Walter Isaacson * author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators *
Thucydides's Trap identifies a cardinal challenge to world order: the impact of a rising power on a ruling power. I read the book with great interest. I can only hope that the US-China relationship becomes the fifth case to resolve itself peacefully, rather than the 13th to result in war.' -- Henry Kissinger * former United States Secretary of State *
Graham Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around. He consistently brings his deep understanding of history's currents to today's most difficult challenges and makes our toughest foreign policy dilemmas accessible to experts and everyday citizens alike. That's why I regularly sought his counsel both as a senator and as vice president. In Destined for War, Allison lays out one of the defining challenges of our time-managing the critical relationship between China and the United States.' -- Joe Biden * former Vice President of the United States *
I hope people like Jeff Bezos read this timely book and resolve to build the political forces we need.' -- Dominic Cummings * The Spectator *
[Destined for War] sounds a useful, even important warning call.' -- Max Hastings * The Sunday Times *

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    De auteur geeft een historische analyse van de hoofdoorzaak die aan de basis ligt van elke militaire confrontatie tussen grootmachten in het verleden: de gevestigde supermacht die aftakelt en een nieuwe opkomende supermacht die diens plaats dreigt in te nemen. Hetzelfde gebeurt vandaag. De Chinese economie is nu al groter dan de Amerikaanse en zal tegen 2040 minstens 20% groter zijn dan de Amerikaanse. In sneltempo zet China zwaar in op innovatie, technologie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling, automatisering, robotisering en de uitbouw van haar militaire slagkracht en capaciteiten. Binnen hooguit twee decennia is China het nieuwe Verenigde Staten van Amerika. De auteur geeft uitleg over strategieën en technieken die de VSA en China toelaten een militaire confrontatie te vermeiden. Bovendien vestigt hij de nadruk op het feit dat het hele Westen zich maar beter voorbereidt op deze 'Chinese' trend die zich zal blijven doorzetten.
    Op elk vlak is dit boek voor mij een totale verassing. Ik wist wel dat China opkwam, maar niet aan dit tempo. Ik wist wel dat de VSA en het Westen aftakelen, maar niet in die mate.
    In elk opzicht kan ik dit boek alleen maar met klem aanraden en aanbevelen aan iedereen die is geïnteresseerd in hoe de toekomst er zal uitzien: een wereld die op economisch, wetenschappelijk, politiek en militair vlak wordt overvleugeld door China. Dit boek leest erg vlot, ik heb het in drie avonden uitgelezen. Veel leesplezier!

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    Geweldige analyse van een mogelijke maar niet onvermijdbare wereldoorlog tussen China en de Verenigde Staten.

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