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In the News

‘Honey, There Will Always Be War’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Los Angeles Times
Friday, January 26, 2018

I've just finished reading military historian Victor Davis Hanson's brilliant new book, "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won." The six years of WWII (1939-1945) saw the deaths of 60 million to 65 million human beings.

In the News

FPRI Announces 2018 Eurasia Fellows

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia Foreign Policy Research Institute
Friday, January 26, 2018

The Foreign Policy Research Institute is pleased to announce that Stephen Kotkin, Robert Hamilton, Selim Koru, Anke Schmidt-Felzmann, and Indra Ekmanis have been named as Fellows in FPRI’s Eurasia Program.

In the News

Niall Ferguson On The Power Of Networks

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Toronto Star
Friday, January 26, 2018

The influential British historian Niall Ferguson is the sort of polymath intellectual prone to painting historical narratives with broad-brush strokes. His new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook, is an opus whose central thesis will appeal to millions of global “netizens” hard-wired to Facebook, Instagram and countless other social-media networks.

In the News

Maybe Trump Has A New Message For Davos (Commentary)

quoting Niall Fergusonvia
Thursday, January 25, 2018

As President Donald Trump attends the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, he is be surrounded by many of the world's financial and political elite - many of whom have expressed disdain toward him personally and his "America First" agenda.


Niall Ferguson: Politics, Power And Networks

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Commonwealth Club
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about is new book, The Square and the Tower, and Ferguson notes that networks of people, not individuals, are responsible for producing and promoting the great political, economic and philosophic ideas that have guided Western society from its humble origins to its present greatness.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
Analysis and Commentary

The Feats And Failures Of Hierarchical Power: Stalin, Xi Jinping, Macbeth

by Niall Fergusonvia Big Think (NY)
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses social networks and hierarchical power and notes that If you want to understand what a truly hierarchical political system looks like, just look at Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union.


Niall Ferguson Explores History Through The Lens Of Networks

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book The Square and the Tower, which lays out the rich history of networks from ancient Roman cults to alliances among the Renaissance Medicis to our current network of connectivity. Ferguson notes that social networks tout their ability to expose corruption and topple the powerful, but according to Ferguson social networks are disrupting democracy itself. 

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The Crown under the Hammer

by Bertrand M. Patenaude, Jodi Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Pictures at a revolution.

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Statues of Limitation

by Markos Kounalakisvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

How do the countries of the former Iron Curtain deal with their inconvenient monuments? Sometimes by painting a tank pink, or swapping a Stalin for a Steve Jobs. 

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Cyber Invaders

by Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

We still don’t know how deeply Russia interfered in US elections, but we do know how to make it harder for the Russians to interfere next time.