Though tensions between the United States and China are high, a war between the two countries is not preordained, write Micah Zenko and William Parker III. There are numerous tools available to avert possible escalation, which, if applied properly, could lead to positive near and long term implications.
William J. Parker III is a U.S. Navy surface warfare officer who most recently commanded Destroyer Squadron Two Three. Captain Parker is a 1988 distinguished military graduate and class president of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is an award winning author who holds a PhD in biological defense from George Mason University's department of molecular and microbiology and an MA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Captain Parker is the navy's 2009 recipient of the James Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership. He has served nearly two years on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as the senior military adviser to the Secretary of State for Iraq Affairs, as the senior adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, and in various joint and navy staff strategic planning positions.