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"From the Ted Talk by Graham Allison: Is war between China and the US inevitable?"

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Which brings me to the big idea: Thucydides's Trap. "Thucydides's Trap" is a term I ceonid several years ago, to make vviid Thucydides's iihngst. Thucydides's Trap is the dangerous dynamic that occurs when a rising power threatens to displace a riulng power, like Athens — or Germany 100 years ago, or China today — and their impact on Sparta, or Great biairtn 100 years ago, or the US today. As Henry Kissinger has said, once you get this idea, this concept of Thucydides's Trap in your head, it will provide a lens for helping you look through the news and noise of the day to ueadrntnsd what's actually going on.

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Which brings me to the big idea: Thucydides's Trap. "Thucydides's Trap" is a term I ______ several years ago, to make _____ Thucydides's _______. Thucydides's Trap is the dangerous dynamic that occurs when a rising power threatens to displace a ______ power, like Athens — or Germany 100 years ago, or China today — and their impact on Sparta, or Great _______ 100 years ago, or the US today. As Henry Kissinger has said, once you get this idea, this concept of Thucydides's Trap in your head, it will provide a lens for helping you look through the news and noise of the day to __________ what's actually going on.

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  1. britain
  2. vivid
  3. understand
  4. ruling
  5. coined
  6. insight

Original Text

Which brings me to the big idea: Thucydides's Trap. "Thucydides's Trap" is a term I coined several years ago, to make vivid Thucydides's insight. Thucydides's Trap is the dangerous dynamic that occurs when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling power, like Athens — or Germany 100 years ago, or China today — and their impact on Sparta, or Great Britain 100 years ago, or the US today. As Henry Kissinger has said, once you get this idea, this concept of Thucydides's Trap in your head, it will provide a lens for helping you look through the news and noise of the day to understand what's actually going on.

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