More than 2000 years ago, in his classic text History of the Peloponnesian War, the Athenian historian Thucydides insightfully declared that interest, honor, and fear propel nations into destructive wars. As the interest-based approach in China-U.S. relations is threatened by rising trade protectionism, …Continue
By Vasilis Trigkas
In the 4th century BC Macedonia, a Greek-speaking kingdom of Northern Greece, under the leadership of Phillip II, set out to unify the Mediterranean World. Macedonia’s quest for hegemonic stability brought her into a direct conflict with old established Hellenic powers like Thebes, Sparta and most of all Athens.
By the mid 4th century BC Athens had recovered from the disastrous defeat of the Peloponnesian war. The resilient Athenians…Continue
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Plato foresaw how the technological imperative can risk a fragile peace.
We shall have to share out the fruits of technology among the whole of mankind. The notion that the direct and immediate producers of the fruits of technology have a proprietary right to these fruits will have to be forgotten. …Continue
Originally Published at http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/us-china-japan-beware-the-megarian-trap/
“That decision may be judged irrational or merely a miscalculation of likely consequences, but it is like many similar ones throughout history in which passion inspired by old hatreds and wounded honor are the cause of dangerous actions.”…Continue
Recently, one of America’s most influential scholars, Joseph Nye, authored a book on the significance of U.S. presidential leadership in shaping American politics and the global order. Examining presidencies such as those of Roosevelt, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan and Clinton, Nye concluded that presidential leadership could be seen as either transformational or transactional. A transactional leader is a caretaker, a good manager who does not take ambitious initiatives. A transformational leader…Continue
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On June 21-22, the World Peace Forum (WPF) took place at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The forum, conceived by Yan Xuetong, a Tsinghua professor and one of China’s most influential international relations scholars, reached its third anniversary under the theme “In Pursuit of Common Security: Peace, Mutual Trust, and Responsibility.”
Compared to 2012 and 2013, the security environment surrounding a “rising diva” like China has become more intense, including both…Continue
Abstract: As China is moving up the value chain, both the EU and the US have seen their export shares declining in…Continue
Added by Vasilis Trigkas on February 3, 2014 at 11:56am — No Comments
The will to power, what the Germans have called der Wille zur Macht, has been a constant characteristic of inter and intra state politics across ideological and geographical boundaries. In that sense, the struggle for honor and prestige has in many a case determined the personal conduct of political leaders; the foreign polices of states; and drawn the thin…Continue
Man as a “political animal” turns to social interaction to organize his/her life, structure his/her well-being and perpetuate the prosperity of his/her family and descendants. The non-familial; macro-unit of this interaction is the Polis.
From Genoa and Venice to London, Paris, New York and Shanghai, cities remain the epicentres of economic, cultural and educational…Continue
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Last year, in the very first class of contemporary International Relations theory in Tsinghua university - one of China’s most elite universities – the Ivy league educated instructor spent the lecture examining Thucydides not only as the father of the Realist school of international relations but as one of the most important theorists on war and peace and on human’s political behavior.
Thucydides has indeed inspired some of the world’s brightest intellectuals who have spent years and…Continue