Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow

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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Recent Commentary


Mark Zuckerberg Is Right About Free Speech And The Web

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 21, 2019

An unusual thing happened last week. Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, gave a speech with which I mostly agreed. Regular readers of this column will know that I have frequently criticized Zuckerberg. My book “The Square and the Tower” contains some harsh words about his company — and particularly its conduct in the fateful election year of 2016.

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Interview | Historian Niall Ferguson: ‘Reverence And Esteem Around Japanese Is Enviable’

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Japan Forward
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the Japanese Imperial System and the upcoming investiture of Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito.


If Elizabeth Warren Surges, And Economy Stutters, She Could Win The Presidency

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Is it conceivable that, in just over a year’s time, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts could defeat Donald Trump to become America’s first woman president? Yes. Here’s why.


Interview | Niall Ferguson On Why ‘It’s Hard Not To Be Envious Of Japan’s Stability’

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Japan Forward
Friday, October 11, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses Japan in the era of the Shinzo Abe administration as well as the geopolitical tensions among Japan, South Korea, and China.

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Red Again

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Who would have expected both a new Cold War and a fresh fascination with socialism?


China's Three-Body Problem

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, October 7, 2019

The 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China was not a birthday I felt like celebrating. As Dutch historian Frank Dikötter has shown in his searing three-volume history of the Mao era, the Communist regime claimed the lives of tens of millions of people: 2 million in the revolution between 1949 and 1951, another 3 million by the end of the 1950s, up to 45 million in the man-made famine known as the “Great Leap Forward,” and yet more in the mayhem of the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong’s campaign against the intelligentsia, which escalated into a civil war.

In the News

At 59: Is Hope Fading In Nigeria?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Sun
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sometimes,  a combination of history and fate, leaders and qualities of leadership meet at an intersection to shape a turning point in a nation’s unending search for freedom for its citizens and the development of the country. Nothing creates more bitterness than promises made and not kept. Nigeria at 59 is like celebrating a rich past and a lamentation of a fading future.

Analysis and Commentary

Could This Be Trump's Chernobyl?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 30, 2019

Ukrainians look like Europeans, but — as a survey carried out for this year’s YES revealed — they are closer to Brazilians in their attitudes. They are sick of the status quo. And they are willing to gamble on a complete political outsider in the hope of radical change.


European Millennials Are Not Like Their American Counterparts

by Joseph de Weck, Niall Fergusonvia The Atlantic
Monday, September 30, 2019

Under-30s in Europe are more disposed than their parents are to view poverty as a result of an individual’s choice.


Niall Ferguson: “One Should Never Decouple Ideas From The Network Structures That Propagate Them.”

interview with Niall Fergusonvia
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book The Square and the Tower, which traces the influence of non-hierarchical networks as well as how they have taken on a new life in the 21st century.