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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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.

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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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Populism As A Backlash Against Globalization - Historical Perspectives

by Niall Fergusonvia Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The headline of Andrew Sullivan’s coruscating May 2016 article in New York magazine was “America has never been so ripe for tyranny.” Just a few weeks before, The Boston Globe had published a spoof front page, dated April 9th, 2017.

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Donald Trump’s American Brexit

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, November 7, 2016

Could Donald Trump become the 45th president of the United States?

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Can ‘Clissinger’ Save The US Relationship With China?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 31, 2016

It’s tempting but still too early to call this election with certainty. According to the RealClear Politics average of polls, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump is now 2.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent two weeks ago. In the 2015 British general election, the pollsters underestimated the Conservative lead by an average of 6.5 percent. 

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The View From Asia: If Only Michael Bloomberg Had Run

by Niall Fergusonquoting Morris P. Fiorinavia Boston Globe
Monday, October 24, 2016

The presidential race looks different viewed from Asia. According to my Hoover Institution colleague Morris Fiorina, the binary character of US politics has become an anachronism in a world where nearly all democracies have become multiparty systems. Even Britain, the birthplace of Whigs and Tories, has followed this trend.

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Trump’s A Galaxy. Or Is He A Sputnik?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 17, 2016

In the age of the smartphone, it’s just too good an analogy to pass up. Increasingly, as his presidential campaign flames out, Donald Trump is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 of American politics, a phone so hurriedly assembled that it spontaneously combusts. 

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