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Niall Ferguson

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

Senior Faculty Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

 

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Guang Niu

September 24, 2012

All the Asian Rage

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

Belfer Center Board member, Niall Ferguson, examines China and Japan's relationships with the United States' administration.

 

 

June 18, 2012

"Let China Do It"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

"The Arab Spring has plunged Syria into a bloody civil war. Now, with allegations flying that the Russians are supplying helicopters to the odious regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a familiar debate is underway. Should we intervene?" asks Belfer Center Board member and Harvard History Professor Niall Ferugson. "There can be no morally credible argument against intervention—by someone....So if not us, then who? Or perhaps that should be: if not us, then Hu? That, after all, is the name of the current Chinese president."

 

 

December 28, 2009

"The Decade the World Tilted East"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

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

"The question I wanted to pose was not especially original, but increasingly it seems to be the most interesting question a historian of the modern era can address. Just why, beginning in around 1500, did the less populous and apparently backward west of the Eurasian landmass come to dominate the rest of the world, including the more populous and more sophisticated societies of eastern Eurasia?"

 

AP Images

August 1, 2014

"War: In History's Shadow"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

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

A century has passed since the guns of August 1914 ended the era of European predominance with a deafening bang. Could such a catastrophe recur in our time?

Niall Ferguson writes: "The sequence of events since the Malaysian jet MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine is remarkably similar to the one that followed the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914. Now, as then, the crisis begins with an act of state-sponsored terrorism. Now, as then, Russia sides with the troublemakers. Even the request by the Dutch government for access to the site where so many of their nationals perished is reminiscent of the Austrian ultimatum to Serbia. Now, as then, ownership of a seemingly unimportant region of eastern Europe is disputed."

 

 

September 19, 2012

"Obama's Mideast Meltdown"

Agenda

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

"Four years ago John McCain was campaigning on his foreign-policy experience when along came a financial crisis that killed his chances. This time around Mitt Romney has been campaigning on his economic experience. Now along comes a foreign-policy crisis. Will it kill his chances, too? Or can the Republicans finally land a punch on President Obama?"

 

 

February 13, 2011

"Wanted: A Grand Strategy for America"

Op-Ed

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

“Yet no president can be expected to be omniscient. That is what advisers are for,” writes Niall Ferguson. "The real responsibility for the current strategic vacuum lies not with Obama himself, but with the National Security Council, and in particular with the man who ran it until last October: retired Gen. James L. Jones."

 

March 28, 2016

"It takes a network to defeat a network"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

The word of the week has been “network.” I have lost track of the number of times I have read that a terrorist network carried out last Tuesday’s lethal attacks in Brussels. The same is now being said about Sunday’s massacre in Lahore. Terrorists used to belong to “groups” and “organizations.” Increasingly, however, we say they belong to networks.

 

 

Wikipedia Commons

November 16, 2015

"Paris and the fall of Rome"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

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

I am not going to repeat what you have already read or heard. I am not going to say that what happened in Paris on Friday night was unprecedented horror, for it was not. I am not going to say that the world stands with France, for it is a hollow phrase. Nor am I going to applaud President Hollande’s pledge of “pitiless” vengeance, for I do not believe it. I am, instead, going to tell you that this is exactly how civilizations fall.

 

 

September 19, 2012

"Obama's Mideast Meltdown"

Agenda

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

"Four years ago John McCain was campaigning on his foreign-policy experience when along came a financial crisis that killed his chances. This time around Mitt Romney has been campaigning on his economic experience. Now along comes a foreign-policy crisis. Will it kill his chances, too? Or can the Republicans finally land a punch on President Obama?"

 

 

June 18, 2012

"Let China Do It"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

"The Arab Spring has plunged Syria into a bloody civil war. Now, with allegations flying that the Russians are supplying helicopters to the odious regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a familiar debate is underway. Should we intervene?" asks Belfer Center Board member and Harvard History Professor Niall Ferugson. "There can be no morally credible argument against intervention—by someone....So if not us, then who? Or perhaps that should be: if not us, then Hu? That, after all, is the name of the current Chinese president."

 
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