Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. 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 is the author of fifteen books, most recently The Square and the Tower. His previous book, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. His many other prizes 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). In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group. His new book, The Square and the Tower, in published in the U.S. in January.

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The 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
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The 30th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

featuring Peter M. Robinson, Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Kotkin, David Holloway, Timothy Garton Ash, Norman M. Naimark, Niall Ferguson, Robert Service, Victor Davis Hanson, Michael McFaul, Amir Weinervia Hoover Daily Report
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson as well as many scholars and historians review the history of the Berlin Wall.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
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Niall Ferguson: Taiwan Watching Hong Kong Protests Closely As Elections Approach

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Closing Bell (CNBC)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about the Hong Kong protests that have escalated over the past six months and the uncertainty the protests have caused in international relations.

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Lest We Forget, History Has Lessons To Teach

by Niall Fergusonvia Niall Ferguson
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Scraps of paper matter, from red poppies to international treaties.

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Niall Ferguson: On GPS: Would Impeaching Trump Hurt Or Help Him?

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNN
Friday, November 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the merits of impeachment.
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‘Don’t Be The Villain’: Niall Ferguson Looks Forward And Back At Capitalism In Crisis

interview with Niall Fergusonvia McKinsey & Company
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses capitalism.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show: De-globalization And Cold War II (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses de-globalization and the trade war between the US and China.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show: De-globalization And Cold War II (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses de-globalization and the trade war between the US and China.

Andrew Nagorski at the Berlin Wall, early 1990, shortly after it fell
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The Outside World Will Bring Down China's Great Firewall

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, November 4, 2019

Thirty years ago, I was in love — with Berlin. As an impoverished British graduate student paid in weedy pounds not mighty deutschmarks, I could live there more cheaply than in Hamburg or Munich, and so I spent the summer of 1989 in a friend’s apartment in the Kurfürstenstrasse, dividing my time between the archives and journalism. West Berlin was not only inexpensive, it was fun. But the real attraction was the parallel world of “real existing socialism” next door, on the other side of the Berlin Wall.

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force in 2011.
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“Cold War II”: Applied History Seminar On U.S.-China Relations With Niall Ferguson And Graham Allison

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Harvard Kennedy School
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Niall Ferguson and Graham Allison, co-directors of the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project, will discuss “Cold War II” between the U.S. and China.  

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Niall Ferguson Says The Costs Of Brexit Will Be Significant

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about his outlook for the UK economy, the EU, Brexit, and the US-China trade war.

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