Tuesday 25 May 2021


Niall Ferguson in conversation with Peter Frankopan

Historian, academic, author

Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

Drawing from multiple disciplines, including economics and network science, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe offers not just a history but a general theory of disaster. As Ferguson will show in this discussion with Peter Frankopan, governments must learn to become less bureaucratic and more “antifragile” if we are to avoid the impending doom of irreversible decline.

Niall Ferguson

Niall 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 seventeen books, including The Square and the Tower (2018) and to be released in May, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.

After five years as a weekly columnist for The Sunday Times (London) he has joined Bloomberg Opinion with his bi-monthly column. He is also an Emmy award-winning film maker for his PBS series The Ascent of Money as well as the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm, and a cofounding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company

Peter Frankopan

Peter is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is founding Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College.

He is the author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World and The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World.

He has been Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Fellow in Hellenic Studies at Princeton, Scaliger Visiting Professor at Leiden and Presidential Scholar at the Getty Centre in Los Angeles.