Hegemonic Theory is not Dead: Regime Survival and Premature Hegemonic War – Impact of China’s Economic rise on the International System
Thomas Ameyaw-Brobbey

Thucydides put forward the idea that, differential growth of power among states in the international system is the reason for great power wars. China‟s economic rise in turn increases its power in the system which challenges the current American led order. How can we explain this dynamics between the United States and China vis-à-vis conflict, and peace? Using written sources and historical analysis, the central argument is that there is still a danger of hegemonic war between US and China even in an era nuclear weapons and economic interdependence because of two reasons: being the leader gives more benefits than a free rider and China‟s domestic insecurity could force the regime into premature hegemonic war. This paper serves as a reminder to international relations on the existing strength of hegemonic war theory, the danger of future hostilities and need to avoid complacency on peace.

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