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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The Ascent Of Digital Money

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, September 16, 2019

“How would you like to pay for that, sir?” For most of my lifetime, there have been three possible answers to that question: cash, a check, or a plastic card. Go to Beijing, however, and you will see very few payments in those forms. People pay with their phones, using digital payment systems created by the two biggest Chinese tech companies, Alibaba and Tencent.


Niall Ferguson: Summary Debate: The Liberal International Order Is Over?

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Yalta European Strategy
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses whether or not the liberal international order is over.

In the News

China Will Emerge As Winner In Trade War, Says Global Strategist

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Business Times
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

China would be the one sounding the trumpet when the ongoing trade war between the two largest economies ends. While currently there is no end in sight for the escalating tit for tat between China and the United States, Independent Strategy's President and Global Strategic David Roche believed it would work out for the best for the Asian powerhouse.

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In the News

Boris Johnson Has Lost The Brexit Game, Only Escape Is To Resign

quoting Niall Fergusonvia News Agree
Monday, September 9, 2019

According to senior fellow at Stanford University Niall Ferguson, Boris Johnson the current prime minister of Britain has no alternative left before him except to resign as he has lost. There is already immense pressure on Mr. Johnson to complete formalities of Brexit within 55 days followed by political uncertainty within the country.


Boris Vs. Jo — Oh Brother

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 9, 2019

To lose 21 members of Parliament may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose your own brother looks like carelessness. Back in 2010, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mocked David and Ed Miliband after the latter defeated his elder brother in the Labor party’s 2010 leadership race.


US And China In The Early Stages Of A Second Cold War, Academic Says

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC International TV
Friday, September 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses world politics, Hong Kong, and the US-China trade war.


Niall Ferguson On Outcomes Of The Financial Crisis, Threats To Global Capitalism And Populism

interview with Niall Fergusonvia New Enlightenment Conference, Edinburgh, 2019
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson reflects on threats to the global market systems since the 2008 financial crisis, the rise of left and right populism and socialism, as well as corporate responsibility and public sentiment towards large tech big businesses and the openness of free speech in universities.

Analysis and Commentary

Beware Greta Thunberg’s Science Fiction — The End Of The World Is Not Nigh

by Niall Ferguson quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 2, 2019

In 15th-century Peru, we learned last week, children were sacrificed to propitiate to the Chimú gods, in an attempt to end natural disasters caused by the climatic phenomenon we now call, appropriately enough, El Niño.


Back To Bi-Polar

interview with Niall Fergusonvia GZERO
Friday, August 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson explains why a new Cold War is heating up between the US and China, and why — unlike the old brouhaha with the Soviets — this one is different.


Global Games Of Chicken Are Frying The Planet

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 26, 2019

“Hey, Toreador! . . . We head for the edge, and the first man who jumps is a chicken. All right?” In Rebel without a Cause, Jim (James Dean) and Buzz (Corey Allen) play the most famous game of chicken in Hollywood history, driving their jalopies at full speed towards a Californian cliff. At the last minute, Jim jumps. Buzz, his sleeve caught on the door handle, plunges to his death. Games of chicken are all around these days. Indeed, it starts to feel as if the whole world is playing a massive, multiplayer game of chicken. Clearly, Boris Johnson’s jaunts to Berlin and Paris last week were part of a diplomatic game of chicken over Brexit.