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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Borat, Blue Dogs and the GOP joke

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, November 13, 2006

In addition to being a brilliant satirist, Sacha Baron Cohen was once a rather good historian...

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1958 and today's GOP

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, October 30, 2006

In the aftermath of George W. Bush's reelection as president two years ago, Karl Rove amused himself and his boss with a battery-powered "Redneck Horn." At the touch of a button, the device would yell insults in a raucous Southern accent, providing automated road rage for red-state Republicans...

Long Live Monetarism

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

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Trading Places

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

Could Nueva España and New England have been reversed? Niall
Ferguson
 explores the very divergent paths of the British and Spanish colonial empires.

Analysis and Commentary

Liberal Conservatism's Revival

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, October 9, 2006

We are back in the center ground of British politics," declared the British Conservative leader David Cameron at his party's conference last week...

Analysis and Commentary

Why Churchill Opposed Torture

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, October 2, 2006

Last week, both houses of Congress approved a bill — the Military Commissions Act — that would permit the indefinite, extrajudicial incarceration of terrorist suspects and their interrogation using torture in all but name...

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Empire Falls

by Niall Fergusonvia Vanity Fair
Sunday, October 1, 2006

It was 230 years ago that Edward Gibbon published the first volume of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a work conceived, as he put it, "amidst the ruins of the Capitol" in Rome...

Analysis and Commentary

Insanity on a Global Scale

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, September 25, 2006

It's a mad world...

Analysis and Commentary

The GOP Will Hang on

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, September 18, 2006

Will it only be the leaves that descend this fall...

Analysis and Commentary

Long Live Royal Bloodlines!

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, September 11, 2006

Hereditary matters...

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