Vasilis Trigkas's Blog (10)

President Xi at the Lincoln Memorial: A Game Changer for China-U.S Relations?

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, …

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on July 20, 2015 at 12:36am — 2 Comments

Germany Between Demosthenes and Isocrates*

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…

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on April 13, 2015 at 10:58am — No Comments

Can China and the US Neutralize the Ring of Gyges?*

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. …

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on November 30, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

US-China-Japan: Beware the ‘Megarian Trap’

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.”…

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on October 5, 2014 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

Xi’s Transformational Diplomacy and Strategic Competence

 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…

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on July 18, 2014 at 3:14am — No Comments

4 Takeaways From China’s World Peace Forum*

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…

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on July 16, 2014 at 1:29pm — 2 Comments

The Strategic implications of TAFTA/TTIP: Will it Engage or Contain China?

http://futurechallenges.org/local/the-strategic-implications-of-taftattip-will-it-engage-or-contain-china/

The Transatlantic Colossus

Abstract: As China is moving up the value chain, both the EU and the US have seen their export shares declining in…

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on February 3, 2014 at 11:56am — No Comments

Moral Realism: Isothymia and Ren (仁) in China's Peaceful Recovery

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…

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on January 24, 2014 at 5:31pm — 1 Comment

Unleashing Persephone: China and Europe join forces for a new Ethos of Sustainable Urbanisation

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…

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on November 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Thucydides on Civil War and Syria

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…

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Added by Vasilis Trigkas on September 17, 2013 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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Prioritizing the Linkages Between Sustainable Development Goals to Eradicate Child Marriage

"Child marriage is both a cause and consequence of the other societal ills outlined in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals," writes human rights attorney Megan E. Corrado. This connection is especially stark in states like Afghanistan, which face instability due to conflict. What can governments and civil society do to help children in need? What are some grassroots approaches?

AI & Human Rights: The Practical & Philosophical Dimensions, with Mathias Risse

Mathias Risse, director of Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, discusses the many connections between artificial intelligence and human rights. From practical applications in the criminal justice system to unanswered philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness, how should we talk about the ethics of this ever-changing technology?

Ethics in Business: In Their Own Words, with IFAC's Kevin Dancey

Kevin Dancey, CEO at the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), speaks about the role of ethics in accounting. He discusses his organization's diversity, how accounting can help to solve environmental issues, and how technology is changing his industry.

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