Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow

Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of WarThe House of RothschildEmpireCivilization, and Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist, which 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. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York–based advisory firm; a cofounding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company; and a trustee of both the New-York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the United States in 2018 and was a New York Times best seller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. His next book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, will be published in May 2021.

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My Chat With Historian Dr. Niall Ferguson (1:15)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Gad Saad
Monday, May 16, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses income taxes, the writing process, academic elitism, public engagement, history, football (soccer), the founding of the University of Austin, and life regrets.

In the News

America’s Crisis Of Self-Doubt

mentioning Niall Ferguson, Ayaan Hirsi Alivia National Review
Thursday, May 12, 2022

We live in an age of increasing national self-doubt.


Historian Niall Ferguson Details 'Cold War II' — Which 'Began Some Time Ago'

featuring Niall Fergusonvia MSN
Sunday, May 8, 2022

The world is currently embroiled in "Cold War II" — and has been for a while — and the path ahead is lined with the geopolitics of nuclear weapons, says Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson.


Niall Ferguson: Cold War Two?

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg Markets and Finance
Friday, May 6, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses global issues including war in Ukraine, inflation, international competition, and more.

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The Research Comes First

interview with Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, John H. Cochranevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hoover’s “GoodFellows”—Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John H. Cochrane—talk about the many ways the institution turns learning into action.

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Vlad the Invader

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Vladimir Putin said he would overpower and absorb Ukraine. Egging him on is not Stalin’s ghost but that of Peter the Great, victor of Poltava.


Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution Niall Ferguson Joins Yahoo Finance

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Yahoo News
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the current state of Russia and Ukraine, the possibility of Putin provoking NATO, and the stability within Russia and China.


Most People Are Bearish Because They Have Forgotten The 1970S, Says Stanford's Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Monday, May 2, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how current macroeconomic conditions might play out, what the best moves are for the Federal Reserve to curb inflation, and more.

Analysis and Commentary

Crypto And The Dollar Are Partners, Not Rivals

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, May 1, 2022

[Subscription Required] The disruptions of Covid and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have shown the strength of the Western system and the weakness of China’s.


Niall Ferguson: Putin Vows That Ukraine War Goals Will Be 'Unconditionally Fulfilled'

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Fox News
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses Russia's threat of using nuclear weapons and whether these threats are plausible.