In this session of the Applied History Working Group, Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Applied History Project's Co-Chair, will discuss with fellow Co-Chair Graham T. Allison the utility of historical analogies for today's China challenge – and whether we truly face Cold War 2.0.

Founded in 2016 with Allison and Ferguson's "Applied History Manifesto," the Applied History Project studies the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

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Niall Ferguson is one of the world’s most renowned historians. He is the author of sixteen books, including Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist, and The Ascent of Money. He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the managing director of Greenmantle LLC. He is also a regular Bloomberg Opinion columnist. His many prizes include the International Emmy for Best Documentary (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service (2010), and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award (2016). His next book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, will be published in May 2021.