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China’s rise is unprecedented in terms of its scale and scope. Graham Allison, a leading US national security expert and Harvard professor, argues that China’s ascent eventually will force America to relinquish its position as the global hegemonic power. Could this shift precipitate a major war? In an eloquent presentation, Allison reveals how lessons from history can alleviate strained Sino-US relations.

 

In this summary, you will learn

  • How China is challenging America’s position in the world and
  • What lessons the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens offers to contemporary geopolitics.  
 

About the Speaker

Political scientist Graham Allison is the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard Kennedy School.

 

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China’s rapid rise from an impoverished nation to an economic and military superpower is posing a great geopolitical challenge today. In 1978, 90% of Chinese lived on less than $2 a day. Today, less than 1% lives below this poverty threshold. China’s ascent is unprecedented in terms of its speed and scope. The Chinese government is highly effective at reaching ambitious developmental targets and is on track to meet its next goals: to be the world’s leading technological innovator by 2035 and the dominant world power by 2049, when the People’s Republic celebrates its 100th birthday.


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