Catastrophe and disaster have been a frequent phenomenon throughout the history of mankind, coming in different forms. So how is it then that, despite being far more scientifically educated on the origins of disasters, we do not seem to be getting any better at dealing with them? To find out, host Mark Leonard talks to Niall Ferguson, author of the book “Doom: The politics of catastrophe” and senior fellow at both the Hoover Institution at Stanford University as well as the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Together, they address why some societies and states respond to catastrophe so much better than others. And why do some fall apart, most hold together, and a few emerge stronger?
This podcast was recorded on 16 May 2021.
- “Doom: The politics of catastrophe“ by Niall Ferguson
- “America in the world: A history of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy“ by Robert B. Zoellick
- “The road less traveled: The secret battle to end the Great War, 1916-1917″ by Philip D. Zelikow