Niall Ferguson at Opening Plenary: The Israeli Presidential Conference 2011


First of all, welcome to my blog and my first ever posting! – Hopefully one of many more to come!

View from the audience at Opening Plenary (before Ferguson takes to the stage)

Very much in keeping with the overall theme and subject-matter of this blog, BELOW is a video I took of a speech by Niall Ferguson at the 2011 Israeli Presidential Conference hosted by President Shimon Peres in June. Ferguson is a noted Historian and Professor at Harvard focusing primarily on Economic and Financial History.

You can find more information about the Israeli Presidential Conference launched for the first time in 2008 here:

As you will see, Ferguson opens his speech at the packed plenary hall by making the initially shocking observation that for the historian, there is no such thing as tomorrow (the main title of the conference) but rather tomorrows in the plural. He goes on to explain that without bringing historical understanding to bear, it is impossible to make the right decisions for “tomorrow”.

Perhaps the most important part of the speech worth highlighting, includes his insight into the economic and geopolitical shifts taking place between East and West.  This global trend and how it will affect Israel, will be a topic that I will no doubt address in greater depth in future postings.


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