All in Belt and Road Initiative

The "Thucydides Trap Theory is a Trap" Edition

Much is made of increased competition between the Washington and Beijing around the world. Some experts believe that the two are doomed to outright conflict as China, the rising power, challenges the United States, the established global hegemon. Known as the Thucydides Trap, the phenomena is sometimes seen as an unshakeable reality of shifting global power dynamics. But assuming the Thucydides Trap is inevitable for the U.S. and China is itself a trap.

Senior Editors Liam Kraft, Emily Tatum, and Joshua Stowell and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské discuss the ramifications of rising tensions between Beijing and Washington in a new era of global power competition in this episode of The ITS Café.

The "China Connectivity" Edition

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative a geopolitical instrument, and if so, what’s Beijing’s long game? Are the U.S. and China destined to fall for the Thucydides Trap, or is there a level of Mutually Assured Restraint? Sara Fay, Niko Marcich, Liam Kraft, and Cameron Vaské discuss the rise of China, the Belt and Road Initiative, geopolitics, and compare U.S.-China relations to the Cold War.