Timothy Garton Ash

Senior Fellow

Timothy Garton Ash, an internationally acclaimed contemporary historian whose work has focused on Europe’s history since 1945, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Garton Ash is in residence at Hoover on a part-time basis; he continues his work as professor of European studies and the Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

Among the topics he has covered are the liberation of Central Europe from communism, Germany before and after its reunification, how countries deal with a difficult past, and the European Union’s relationships with partners including the United States and rising non-Western powers such as China. His current research focuses on global free speech in the age of the Internet and mass migration (see the 13-language interactive Oxford University project www.freespeechdebate.com).

His most recent book is Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name (2010), and he edited Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-Violent Action from Gandhi to the Present (2009). His previous books include Free World: America, Europe and the Surprising Future of the West (2004); The File: A Personal History (1998); In Europe's Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993); The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of 1989 as Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague (1990); The Polish Revolution: Solidarity, 1980–82 (1983); and Und Willst Du Nicht Mein Brüder Sein.

Garton Ash is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Society of Arts and has received numerous honors and awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the George Orwell Prize, the Order of Merit from Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and honorary doctorates from St. Andrew's University and the Catholic University of Leuven.

He writes a regular column in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Garton Ash, who holds a BA and MA in modern history from the University of Oxford, did graduate studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford, at the Free University in West Berlin, and at Humboldt University in East Berlin.

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Putin's Deadly Doctrine

by Timothy Garton Ashvia New York Times
Sunday, July 20, 2014

SOMETIMES, just sometimes, you should pay attention to annoying things said by tiresome people at worthy conferences.

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Europe: The Continent For Every Type of Unhappy

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Monday, May 26, 2014

On the day the Bastille was stormed in 1789, King Louis XVI wrote in his diary, "rien". Few European leaders will have typed "nothing" into their iPads today, but there is a real danger that, in response to the revolutionary cry across the continent, they will in effect do nothing. Today's rien has a face and a name. The name's Juncker. Jean-Claude Juncker.

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We Still Don't Know Who'll Win the Global Battle for Free Speech

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, four big things happened that still shape our world.

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Putin Has More Admirers Than The West Might Think

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Welcome to China's Political Gamble of the Century

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Sunday, March 30, 2014

As export-hungry Europeans have feted president Xi Jinping on his imperial progress across the continent over the past week, how many have realised just how extraordinary is the political experiment he is leading back home?

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The Focus is on Crimea, But Next is the Fight for Ukraine

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Timothy Garton Ash: Despite today's shooting, the west must not forget that the pivotal struggle is over control of the eastern heartlands

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Cameron's Student Visa Policy is a Disastrous Own Goal

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Monday, February 17, 2014
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Ukraine Stands on the Brink – and Europe Must Bring it Back

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Sunday, February 2, 2014

Timothy Garton Ash: This is no velvet revolution, but nor is it an uprising of fascist Cossacks or a zero-sum game with Russia. Europe must intervene on the side of democracy and human rights

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Is Europe Headed for Divorce?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Now that the German elections are over, Germany and France will launch a great initiative to save the European project. Marking the centennial of 1914 and World War I , this will contrast favorably with the weak and confused leadership under which Europe stumbled 100 years ago. Before the May elections to the European Union Parliament, the Franco-German duo's decisive action and inspiring oratory will drive back the anti-EU parties that are gaining ground in so many European countries.