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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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.

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GoodFellows: More Cowbell: BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

A “potluck” edition of GoodFellows this time around, with Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane “bringing their own” topics for group discussion. These include an examination of an anticipated tank battle in Ukraine’s Donbas that’s yet to materialize, China’s disastrous “zero COVID” policy, what a post-Ukraine economic and military order might resemble, plus Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s takedown of Disney and university faculty in the Sunshine State.

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More Cowbell: BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

A “potluck” edition of GoodFellows this time around, with Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane “bringing their own” topics for group discussion. These include an examination of an anticipated tank battle in Ukraine’s Donbas that’s yet to materialize, China’s disastrous “zero COVID” policy, what a post-Ukraine economic and military order might resemble, plus Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s takedown of Disney and university faculty in the Sunshine State.

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China’s ‘Zero Covid’ Has Become Xi’s Nemesis

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, April 17, 2022

Beijing oversold its surveillance-based system of disease control and underestimated the shape-shifting virus. The result is an economic mess — though probably not a political crisis.

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‘Putin Still Has A Lot Left To Lose’: Niall Ferguson And David Petraeus In Conversation

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Spectator
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks with General Petraeus about the war in Ukraine.

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GoodFellows: Soft Landing: Larry Summers On Inflation, Debt, And A Looming Recession

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalen, Larry Summersvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The GoodFellows return to economics this week, coinciding with news of America’s worst inflation in over 40 years. Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury secretary and Harvard University president emeritus, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss Federal Reserve policy, government spending, and the war in Europe as contributors to America’s economic woes. They also cover the soaring national debt, a possible supply-chain crisis, economic competition with China, plus academic freedom under fire in elite universities.

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Soft Landing: Larry Summers On Inflation, Debt, And A Looming Recession

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalen, Larry Summersvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The GoodFellows return to economics this week, coinciding with news of America’s worst inflation in over 40 years. Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury secretary and Harvard University president emeritus, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss Federal Reserve policy, government spending, and the war in Europe as contributors to America’s economic woes. They also cover the soaring national debt, a possible supply-chain crisis, economic competition with China, plus academic freedom under fire in elite universities.

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Stanford University's Niall Ferguson On Ukraine War

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Friday, April 8, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the latest developments on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Why Disasters – From Wars To Plagues – Seem To Happen All At Once

by Niall Fergusonvia The Globe and Mail
Friday, April 8, 2022

Toward the end of my book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe – which I finished writing in the fall of 2020 – I posed some unsettling questions: Will the second Cold War between China and the United States intensify? Could it even turn into a hot war over Taiwan?

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Putin Might Turn To Weapons Of Mass Destruction If Russia Doesn’t Win In Eastern Ukraine, Historian Niall Ferguson Says

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Friday, April 8, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says Putin might turn to weapons of mass destruction if Russia doesn’t win in eastern Ukraine.

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