Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Biography: 

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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Predicting random chaos from hindsight

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 23, 2007

Why do we insist on drawing causal chains to exceedingly rare calamities after the fact?

Analysis and Commentary

Global leaders need to rule the seas

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 16, 2007

Today's crop of political leaders lacks the military experience to recognize the importance of maritime power...

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Brave Hearts and Autonomy

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Pondering smaller nations in a bigger world. By Niall Ferguson

Analysis and Commentary

Iran exposes Britain's weakness

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Blair's timid response to his soldiers' abduction shows how weak-willed the once-imperial power has become...

Analysis and Commentary

Terrorist's confession exposes dark side of US

by Niall Fergusonvia Telegraph
Sunday, March 18, 2007

The historian lives for the revelatory document...

Analysis and Commentary

Independence? Try 'aid-dependence'

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, March 11, 2007

Colonialism didn't cause Africa's problems, and aid alone won't fix them...

Analysis and Commentary

Buy Chimerican

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, March 5, 2007

Like a good marriage, U.S. and Chinese differences complement each other...

Analysis and Commentary

Why our enemies -- and friends -- hate us

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, February 26, 2007

Provoking dislike throughout the world is part of being an empire...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's muddled stance on foreign intervention

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

If politics were a fairy tale, Barack Obama would surely be the next president of the United States...

Analysis and Commentary

How to stop the U.S. from being Goliath

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, February 12, 2007

Two vignettes say much about the American way of war...

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