Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
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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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Hoosier Daddy

interview with John H. Cochrane, Mitch Daniels, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

While many an American university has struggled with the pandemic and cancel culture, Indiana’s Purdue University seems the exception to the norm: a reopened campus with an ongoing commitment to civics literacy and intellectual diversity. Purdue’s president, former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss the state of higher education.

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Niall Ferguson's New Book Explores The Politics Of Catastrophe

interview with Niall Fergusonvia WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses why, in the face of a catastrophe, some societies fall apart, and others hold together, while a few emerge stronger.

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GoodFellows: Hoosier Daddy

interview with John H. Cochrane, Mitch Daniels, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

While many an American university has struggled with the pandemic and cancel culture, Indiana’s Purdue University seems the exception to the norm: a reopened campus with an ongoing commitment to civics literacy and intellectual diversity. Purdue’s president, former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss the state of higher education.

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Niall Ferguson On Doom, Disaster And Democracy

interview with Niall Fergusonvia PBS SoCal
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says we're getting worse, not better, at handling disasters like the pandemic. This is the argument he lays out in his new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, which sets 2020 into wider context and asks why many countries’ initial responses to coronavirus were so slow. He also talks about what the next big disaster might be.

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Niall Ferguson, Author, "Doom: The Politics Of Catastrophe"

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Hugh Hewitt Show
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.

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Niall Ferguson: Is A 'Pattern Of Bureaucratic Failure' Hampering Response To Crises?

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Morning Joe (MSNBC)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the global responses to COVID and other crises throughout history in his new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.

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Niall Ferguson: Doom: The Politics Of Catastrophe

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Michael Shermer Show
Monday, May 10, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.

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Niall Ferguson: Will Covid Make Us Rethink Globalization?

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNN
Monday, May 10, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.

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The Politics Of Catastrophe – Or Why Covid Is Anything But ‘Unprecedented’

featuring Niall Fergusonvia CapX
Monday, May 10, 2021

Throughout this pandemic, we’ve seen how crucial an appreciation of context is to good decision-making.

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The Next Global Disaster Is On Its Way, And We Aren’t Ready

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, May 9, 2021

A major lesson of Covid-19 is that there is no distinction between natural and man-made catastrophes.

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