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Niall Ferguson

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

 

 

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April 30, 2012

"African Game Change"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

"In the years that lie before us, a great struggle will play out south of the Sahara: a struggle between man and Malthus. According to the Rev. Thomas Malthus’s famous principle—sometimes called the Malthusian trap—population grows geometrically, but the supply of food increases arithmetically. Viewed in those terms, many African countries today seem doomed to misery and vice," writes Belfer Center International Council member Niall Ferguson, "So is Africa heading over a demographic waterfall? Maybe not....Two things are changing the continent’s prospects. The first is the surging demand for the natural resources that are so abundant in Africa....The other game changer is mobile telephony....cellphones are giving poor Africans access to basic financial services for the first time."

 

 

AP Photo

April 9, 2012

"It's the Weather, Stupid"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

It must be the weather. For some reason, everyone thinks that the economy is recovering and so President Obama is going to be reelected. Just put a bit of blossom on the trees and people lose their minds.

 

 

(Photo by Feng Li)

March 19, 2012

"China's Great Leap Backward"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

While antiwar protesters clashed with the National Guard on American campuses and Czechs defied the Red Army in the streets of Prague, China had the Cultural Revolution. In some ways it was the ultimate ’60s teen rebellion. In other ways it was totalitarianism at its worst: a bloody revolution from above unleashed by one of the 20th century’s most ruthless despots.

 

 

AP Photo

March 12, 2012

"The British Prime Minister Is Coming to America"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

Reading David Cameron’s biography prepares you for a character out of Downton Abbey. His paternal grandmother was a direct descendant of King William IV, so technically he is a fifth cousin of the queen. His maternal grandfather was a baronet. His father’s ancestral home is Blairmore House in Aberdeenshire. He was educated at Eton and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was a member of the notoriously toffee-nosed Bullingdon Club. His father-in-law is another baronet.

 

 

AP Photo

February 20, 2012

"Iran Uses European Oil Dependence as Blackmail on Nukes"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

The signs of economic recovery in the United States grow more numerous—and with them rises the probability of President Obama’s reelection. But two crises abroad threaten to rain on the American parade: the European sovereign-debt debacle and the phony war over Iran’s nuclear program. Most commentators treat these two crises as unrelated. But they are in reality two sides of the same crisis. Call it the Euranian crisis.

 

 

GDA via AP Images

February 13, 2012

"The Pessimistic Billionaire"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has made a fortune as an investor. Why is he so worried about the future?

 

 

AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

February 6, 2012

"Israel’s Case for War With Iran"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

There are plenty of arguments against an Israeli attack on Iran. And all of them are bad.

 

 

AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott

January 30, 2012

"The Inequality Dodge"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

The world’s bottom billion is booming. But growth abroad may increase the income gap at home?

 

 

AP Photo/ Mary Ann Chastain

January 23, 2012

"Romney Is the Technocrat Candidate, but He's Politically Clueless"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

It looks as if 2012 could be the Year of the Technocrats. The fashion didn’t really start in Athens or Rome, though it was the formation of new governments there last year that made “technocracy” a buzzword. What Lucas Papademos and Mario Monti have in common is not just that they aren’t regular party leaders with governing majorities. The real point is that they’re experts. They’ve spent their careers in lofty academic ivory towers, or in elite bureaucratic institutions like central banks or supra-national commissions, not down and dirty in the bear pit of democratic politics.

 

 

AP Photo/Wally Santana

January 16, 2012

"Rich America, Poor America"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

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

There are “two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by a different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws…THE RICH AND THE POOR.”

 

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