The "Thucydides Trap Theory is a Trap" Edition
“As long as the [escalation in] defense spending continues, and if [China] can really centralize their systems, then maybe we are seeing, in part, a Thucydides Trap. But there are so many nuances to this relationship far beyond the defense buildup.” — Emily Tatum
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.
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