Watch: Niall Ferguson | AUKUS, China, Cold War II (
John talks to world-renowned Stanford University Historian Niall Ferguson about global security, the perception of the West, the strength of alliances in the face of communist threats, and what China's rising power means for the geopolitical environment.

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Centre for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History.

He is the author of fifteen books, most recently Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. His previous book, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is also an award-winning filmmaker, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money.
00:00 Intro
00:16 Introducing Niall Ferguson
01:06 Is there life left in the West's commitment to defending its values and freedoms?
06:27 The Australian and French submarine alliance
11:49 The danger of China and the West's leadership crisis
16:48 Foreign friendship bonds
22:58 What does an offensive strategy from China and the US look like?
28:21 What is China's greatest priority?
31:06 Is China's rise inevitable?
36:57 How does China perceive the West as a target?
42:37 Do Western alliances reset the perception of Western declinism?
48:16 How do we read the isolated Chinese public and their view of the West?
53:03 Catastrophism's grip on the West
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    Francisco Gimeno - BC Analyst Global political shifts are happening at a big scale this decade. The possible rift between China and Western countries is one of the conflict sceneries, over control of economy, political spheres of influence and so on. Some already speak about open conflict or war. The West has an idea of China as a rising superpower with hegemonic ideas which may bring conflict. China has its own ideas about the West being in decline. We should not believe, anyway, the propaganda or apocalyptic sceneries of a near future as a fact we can't change. Let's hope the next years of this decade are used to build and not to bring chaos.