U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) meets with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi  at the State Department in Washington, U.S.,  February 8, 2018

commentary

(Los Angeles Review of Books)

March 7, 2018

Book Review: Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) meets with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the State Department in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2018

Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

by Ali Wyne

The world's peaceful transition from the British Empire to US preeminence is one of the happier aberrations of geopolitics: defying a generally dismal record of confrontations between established powers and their challengers, it affirms that prudent decision-making and fortuitous circumstances can yet prevail over the structural forces that are supposed to preordain conflict.…

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Ali Wyne is a policy analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

This commentary originally appeared on Los Angeles Review of Books on March 6, 2018. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.