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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Europe Is In Crisis: This Is No Time For Petty-Mindedness

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Friday, November 13, 2015

If David Cameron shows he cares about the EU, he may find our partners more receptive to his demands.

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Poland Has Survived Worse Than This Shift To Conservatism. Don't Despair

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Monday, October 26, 2015

Despite the victory of the Law and Justice party, the country still contains powerful forces in favour of liberal, constitutional, European values.

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Is the China Model Better Than Democracy?

by Daniel Bell, Timothy Garton Ash, Andrew J. Nathan, Taisu Zhangvia Foreign Policy
Monday, October 19, 2015
[Registration required] Meritocracy could avoid the pitfalls of American-style politics -- at least in theory.
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Another Russia Will Rise

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 16, 2015

Vladimir Putin is only mortal. Soon enough he will have to give way to others—who will lead Russia out of its imperial afterlife and into the modern world.

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The Billion-Dollar Question – When Will The Us Repair Its Damaged Democracy?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Thursday, October 1, 2015

The enormous sums splashed on the presidential election compromise its integrity. Yet awareness is seeping through to the mainstream.

Analysis and Commentary

Why A Germany Of Robust Debate Would Be Better For Europe

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Monday, July 27, 2015

Consensus has smothered the nation’s domestic politics – it needs a dose of reality-based controversy.

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With 28 Versions Of Europe, It’S No Wonder We Barely Recognise Each Other

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Whom the gods will destroy they first make bored. We have seen so many “last chance” eurozone summits about Greece that many Europeans have almost lost consciousness.

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Europe Must Save Greece To Save Itself

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Monday, June 15, 2015

Even if you don’t care about the Greek people, be warned - the faultlines of Grexit would shake the entire continent.

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Xi Jinping’s China Is The Greatest Political Experiment On Earth

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Monday, June 1, 2015

Can Xi do it? This is the biggest political question in the world today. “Yes, Xi can,” some tell me in Beijing. “No, he can’t,” say others. The wise know that nobody knows.

Analysis and Commentary

There Is One Solution To Our Disunited Politics: A Federal Kingdom Of Britain

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Saturday, May 9, 2015

A shaky future in Europe and political discord in the union means the shape of this country is now at stake. But building a federal state would make regional self-determination and accountable government a greater reality