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Book review of 'Destined For War: Can America and China Escape the Thucydides Trap?'

Shyam Saran 

Destined For War: Can America and China Escape the Thucydides Trap? Graham Allison Houghton Mifflin 364 pages; Rs 1,864 Historical analogy is an effective tool for analysing contemporary international relations and Graham Allison, the well-known Harvard professor, is certainly adept in its use. He coined the phrase “Thucydides Trap” to highlight the tensions that are generated when an emerging power challenges an established one; more often than not, these tensions seem to lead inexorably to war, even when neither side wants war. The historical analogy goes ...

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