Niall Ferguson

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Biography: 

Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has written fourteen books, including The House of Rothschild, Empire, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration, and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. His 2011 feature-length film Kissinger won the New York International Film Festival’s prize for best documentary. His PBS series The Ascent of Money won the International Emmy for best documentary. His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013). He writes a weekly column for the London Sunday Times and the Boston Globe.

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Can Trump’s Art Of The Deal Make America Great Again?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, January 23, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s favorite Twitter hashtag is #MAGA, which of course stands for Make America Great Again.

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The ‘Wettergate’ Delusion

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, January 16, 2017

Imagine if George Washington’s farewell address had been followed a day later — rather than 172 years later — by Richard Nixon’s first press conference as president-elect.

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The International Security Studies Forum: How Not To Counter Counterfactuals (Page 9)

by Niall Fergusonvia The International Security Studies Forum
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Surprisingly, some quite eminent historians still have difficulties with counterfactuals. 

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The Russian Question

by Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Policy
Friday, December 23, 2016

[Subscription Required] Moscow may no longer be a superpower, but its revanchist politics are unsettling the international order. How should Donald Trump deal with Vladimir Putin?

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I Was Wrong On Brexit

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, December 12, 2016

The three words you are least likely to hear from an academic are “I was wrong.” Well, I was wrong to argue against “Brexit,” as I admitted in public last week. By this I do not mean to say “I wish I had backed the winning side.” Rather, I mean “I wish I had stuck to my principles.”

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Trump’s Mad Dog Is The Sane Warrior We Need To Make The World Safer

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, December 5, 2016

General James Mattis is not only a fearsome warrior; he is also a deep strategic thinker, a soldier-scholar in the mold of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, whose “Meditations” he carried with him in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Trump’s Catch-22

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

“The business of America is business,” said President Calvin Coolidge. President Eisenhower’s defense secretary, Charles “Engine Charlie” Wilson, coined the phrase, “What is good for General Motors is good for the country and vice versa.”

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Donald Trump’s New World Order

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

“It Can’t Happen Here.’’ That was the title of Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel in which the fascistic Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip is elected president and within months transforms the United States into an American Reich. Well, maybe it just did happen here.

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Donald Trump’s New World Order

by Niall Fergusonvia The American Interest
Monday, November 21, 2016

What a Kissinger-inspired strategy might look like.

Analysis and Commentary

Was The Election A Vote Against ‘Hamilton’?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, November 14, 2016

The box office-busting musical “Hamilton’’ could not have been more timely.

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