Professor Graham Allison is a leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy with a special interest in nuclear weapons, terrorism, and decision-making. He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense in the first Clinton Administration, as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and has advised the Secretaries of Defense under President George . Bush and President Barack Obama. Professor Allison has the sole distinction of having twice been awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry. His latest book, ‘Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?’ was published in 2017 to wide critical acclaim and has become a national bestseller. In it he explains why China and the US are likely heading toward a war neither want, due to the Thucydides’s Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. His 2013 book, ‘Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States and the World’ (co-authored with Robert Blackwill), has been a bestseller in the U.S. and abroad. Whilst ‘Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe’, now in its third printing, was selected by the New York Times as one of the “100 most notable books of the year.” Professor Allison currently serves on the Advisory boards of the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and the Director of the CIA. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.