Niall Ferguson

Senior Fellow

Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has written fourteen books, including The House of Rothschild, Empire, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration, and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. His 2011 feature-length film Kissinger won the New York International Film Festival’s prize for best documentary. His PBS series The Ascent of Money won the International Emmy for best documentary. His many prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013). He writes a weekly column for the London Sunday Times and the Boston Globe.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Global Network Has Become Dangerously Unstable

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 20, 2017

The world today is like a giant network on the verge of a cataclysmic outage.


Trump Needs To Pick Fights He Can Win

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 13, 2017

“Breaking rocks in the hot sun / I fought the law and the law won.” As a teenage punk rocker, I first heard those lines from the hoarse larynx of The Clash’s Joe Strummer. I found out only later that the song was written by the guy who replaced Buddy Holly as front-man of The Crickets. No, I don’t remember his name either.


Dr. Donald And Mr. Trump

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 6, 2017

“In the small hours of one morning,” Fanny Stevenson recalled, “I was awakened by cries of horror from Louis”— the author Robert Louis Stevenson. Thinking he was having a nightmare, she woke him up. “Why did you wake me?” he said angrily. “I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.”

Analysis and Commentary

The Nature Of Power In The Networked Age

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, January 30, 2017

The United States is living through a kind of Trumpian Genesis: seven days of high-speed political creation.

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Past Is Prologue

by Graham Allison, Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Determined to shape the future, the new president needs to be reminded of the past. Let’s convene a council of historians. 


Can Trump’s Art Of The Deal Make America Great Again?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, January 23, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s favorite Twitter hashtag is #MAGA, which of course stands for Make America Great Again.


The ‘Wettergate’ Delusion

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, January 16, 2017

Imagine if George Washington’s farewell address had been followed a day later — rather than 172 years later — by Richard Nixon’s first press conference as president-elect.

Analysis and Commentary

The International Security Studies Forum: How Not To Counter Counterfactuals (Page 9)

by Niall Fergusonvia The International Security Studies Forum
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Surprisingly, some quite eminent historians still have difficulties with counterfactuals. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Russian Question

by Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Policy
Friday, December 23, 2016

[Subscription Required] Moscow may no longer be a superpower, but its revanchist politics are unsettling the international order. How should Donald Trump deal with Vladimir Putin?

Analysis and Commentary

I Was Wrong On Brexit

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, December 12, 2016

The three words you are least likely to hear from an academic are “I was wrong.” Well, I was wrong to argue against “Brexit,” as I admitted in public last week. By this I do not mean to say “I wish I had backed the winning side.” Rather, I mean “I wish I had stuck to my principles.”