Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
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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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The Last Years Of The Republic

by Niall Fergusonmentioning George P. Shultz, Hoover Institutionvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 16, 2017

Wildfires ravage the vineyards. A hurricane lays waste to an island colony. A great port is submerged by flood water. 

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Guns Are America’s Blind Spot; In Britain, It’s Health Care

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

 [Subscription Required] We live in a small world. There are in fact just two degrees of separation between you and someone who attended the concert in Las Vegas last Sunday at which Stephen Paddock killed 58 people. That is because you are reading my column and my son’s nanny was there with a group of her friends. (Luckily, she left before the shooting began, and none of her friends was hit. Spattered with the blood of others, but physically unscathed.)

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Polarization And Fake Posts: How Social Media Won The Day

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 2, 2017

Shortly after last year’s presidential election, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, dismissed as “a pretty crazy idea” the notion that fake news might have decided the contest in Donald Trump’s favor. Last week he had to admit that he regrets those words.

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The Square And The Tower, By Niall Ferguson

by Niall Fergusonvia LinkedIn
Sunday, October 1, 2017

An overview of my new book The Square and the Tower, published by Penguin in the UK on October 5, 2017

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Borders Are Back And A New Game Looms

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

We were promised a world without borders. In 1990 the Japanese management consultant and business school professor Kenichi Ohmae published “The Borderless World,’’ in praise of global supply chains. In 1996 John Perry Barlow penned his Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, addressed to the “governments of the industrial world.” He told them defiantly: “Cyberspace does not lie within your borders.”

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The Bipartisan President

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 18, 2017

“He likes us. He likes me, anyway.” Thus Chuck Schumer, speaking about his new best friend, Donald Trump. Schumer does indeed have some natural affinity with the president. The former was born in Brooklyn, the latter in Queens. They are both sons of the outer boroughs of New York City, men who will always know that Manhattan looks down on them.

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Queen Theresa And The War Of English Secession

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 11, 2017

Nothing can rival the insights you get from really good theater. Having seen Helen Edmundson’s play “Queen Anne” in London last Monday, followed by the political theater of prime minister’s questions in Parliament two days later, I now understand everything.

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Hell Hath No Fury Like A Spurned EU

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I was wrong about Brexit — which I opposed — but I was right that it would be like a divorce. Last June, just two days before the referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, I made a prediction: Getting a decree nisi after 43 years of marriage would take a lot longer and cost a lot more than anyone campaigning for the “leave” campaign wanted to admit.

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The Coming World Crisis

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 28, 2017

“Is the world slouching toward a grave systemic crisis?” asked historian Philip Zelikow at the annual gathering of the Aspen Strategy Group earlier this month. Now that’s what I call a question! Zelikow, who teaches at the University of Virginia, is more than just a history professor. He has also served Republican as well Democratic presidents in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon. His pessimism is that of a practitioner as well as a scholar.

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There’s More Than One Side To The Story

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 21, 2017

Last week was the week the proverbial worm turned. It was the week President Trump finally went too far for all those people for whom he had not previously gone too far.

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