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Niall Ferguson

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

 

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2011 (continued)

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November 21, 2011

"Dangers Follow From Congress's Coming Cuts to Defense Spending"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Congress is poised to slash defense spending. Great idea—as long as China remains our buddy and the Middle East embraces brotherly love.

 

 

November 15, 2011

Europe’s Disaster Is Headed Our Way

Op-Ed, Newsweek

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Why should Americans care about the economic crises in Europe, Niall Ferguson asks. "The first reason," he write, "is that, with American consumers still in the doldrums of deleveraging, the United States badly needs buoyant exports if its economy is to grow at anything other than a miserably low rate. And despite all the hype about trade with the Chinese, U.S. exports to the European Union are nearly three times larger than to China."

 

 

October 23, 2011

"Yes, Wall Street Helps the Poor"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"While Naomi Wolf was being arrested for showing solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, there I was, consorting with the 1 percent the protesters hate. It’s no surprise that the bread-heads enjoy gambling. But to see them using their ill-gotten gains to subvert this nation’s great system of public education! I was shocked, shocked."

 

2010

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May 17, 2010

"The End of the Euro"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Newsweek

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"Just when it seemed safe to start using the word "recovery," a Greek crisis is threatening the world economy, and the very existence of the world's second-biggest currency."

 

 

May 10, 2010

"The Unappealing Choices After an Inconclusive Election"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"Mr Cameron's third and most attractive option is to try a version of Harold Wilson's strategy after February 1974. The Conservatives clearly lost that election, but Labour were more than 30 seats short of a majority. Wilson formed a minority government and then called a general election eight months later. It worked - just."

 

 

May 9, 2010

"Uncertainty vs. Risk"

Op-Ed, New York Times

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Niall Ferguson, a member of the Belfer Center's board of directors, wrote a review of "The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy," for the New York Times' Sunday Book Review.

 

 

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April 23, 2010

"Back to Basics on Financial Reform"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Ted Forstmann

"In the aftermath, congressional Democrats are claiming that we can have three out of three. In effect, the bill introduced to the Senate by Christopher Dodd purports to prevent future depressions without sacrificing the efficiency of our financial markets or committing taxpayers to future bailouts of the banking system. This trifecta is not credible."

 

 

March 24, 2010

"The End of Chimerica: Amicable Divorce or Currency War?"

Testimony

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Niall Ferguson testifies before the House Committee on Ways and Means about restructuring the economic relations between the United States and China.

 

 

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February 11, 2010

"A Greek Crisis is Coming to America"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"...[T]he idiosyncrasies of the eurozone should not distract us from the general nature of the fiscal crisis that is now afflicting most western economies. Call it the fractal geometry of debt: the problem is essentially the same from Iceland to Ireland to Britain to the US. It just comes in widely differing sizes."

 

 

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January/February 2010

"What 'Chimerica' Hath Wrought"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, American Interest

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"For a time, [Chimerica] was a symbiotic relationship that seemed like a marriage made in heaven. Put simply, one half did the saving, the other half the spending. Comparing net national savings as a proportion of Gross National Income, American savings declined from above 5 percent in the mid 1990s to virtually zero by 2005, while Chinese savings surged from below 30 percent to nearly 45 percent. This divergence in saving patterns allowed a tremendous explosion of debt in the United States, for one effect of the Asian "savings glut" was to make it much cheaper for households to borrow money than would otherwise have been the case."

 

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