Waking Up to the China Challenge:
Are the U.S. and China Destined for War?
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
November 17, 2017

  Synopsis • Program Transcript

In his influential new book “Destined for War: Can the U.S. and China Escape Thucydides Trap?,” the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Dr. Graham Allison argues that the United States and China are on a collision course, and the two countries need imaginative leadership and statecraft to avoid future conflict.

In this session, topics of discussion included the concept of the “Thucydides Trap,” President Xi Jinping’s future following the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress, the North Korea nuclear threat, trade and economic issues, and the evolving relationship between Presidents Xi and Trump.

Participants

Dr. Graham Allison is the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belter Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. He is the founding dean of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has advised every secretary of defense from the Regan administration to the Obama administration. He’s also served as the Senior Advisor to Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans during the Clinton administration. He’s the best-selling author of several books including “Lee Kuna Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States and the World,” and “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?”

Jonathan Movroydis is the director of research at the Richard Nixon Foundation.