The Russian invasion of Ukraine has continued to devastate cities and take innocent lives, leaving people left to wonder what Europe will look like after troops return to Russia–and will they ever return? Cold War anxieties have resurfaced so many years after the fall of the Eastern Bloc, this time, with cyber attacks on our minds. As global citizens, we have been anxiously watching the unfolding humanitarian crisis, realizing the limits of economic sanctions, and trying to anticipate Vladimir Putin’s next move.
On April 5, 2022, FOLCS was joined by historian and author Niall Ferguson to discuss the myriad of potential outcomes from the war in Ukraine. A foremost expert on the historical rise and fall of empires, nations, and economies, Ferguson offers an unparalleled study of the ripple effect from serious conflict. In this installment of the new FOLCS Headlines Series, we go beyond the soundbite to survey the global implications of this latest chapter in history.
Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard.
He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization, The Square and the Tower, and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money.
In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York-based advisory firm; a co-founding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company; and a trustee of both the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies.
His most recent book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, was published in May 2021.