China/Russia vs. USA: How to Avoid A Global World War III (ft. Thucydides) – YouTube

This video looks at the concept known as “Thucydides Trap”, which Graham Allison walks through eloquently in his book, Destined for War.

The basic idea is that when one super power threatens to overtake another super power, bad things tend to happen. This is caused by fear, honor, nationalism, cultural differences, national interests and so on.

Right now, China is on pace to overtake the US economically, which puts us within range of thucydides trap.

There are ways to avoid this, such as accommodating, undermining, focusing on shared threats, or simply ignoring each other.

China vs. USA: How to Avoid World War III (ft. Thucydides) – YouTube