Niall Ferguson, David Gergen, and Mort Zuckerman discuss how America's global standing will be affected by the continuing financial crisis.
Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is a resident faculty member of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.
He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Zuckerman is also owner, chairman, and editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report and owner and publisher of the New York Daily News. serves as chairman of the board of directors of Boston Properties and has been a director since 1997. He co-founded the company in 1970. He serves as a trustee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York University, the Aspen Institute, the Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, and the Center for Communications. He is also a member of the JP Morgan National Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He is a former associate professor of city and regional planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a former lecturer at Yale University, and a past president of the board of trustees of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Harvard University history professor Niall Ferguson compares the United States economy to complex systems in nature. The U.S. financial system may appear from the outside to be in equilibrium, says Ferguson, but it is actually "quite close to the edge of chaos."
Historian Niall Ferguson fears a post-American world would bear close resemblance to the Dark Ages that followed the decline of the Roman Empire. He foresees chaos across the Middle East and the rise of China as the next superpower. "A world without a strong America is a dangerous world," he exclaims.