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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The Nation That Fell To Earth

by Niall Fergusonvia Time Magazine
Monday, September 11, 2006

It's the year 2031--one generation removed from Sept. 11, 2001--and Americans are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington...

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The Nation That Fell To Earth

by Niall Fergusonvia Time
Monday, September 11, 2006

Did the U.S. overreact to Sept. 11? Niall Ferguson, one of the world's leading historians, speculates on how future generations will judge the war on terrorism--and on what it will take for America to win it

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Conservative Doesn't Mean Anti-Conservationist

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, September 4, 2006

It has been the political equivalent of an explosion in a dye works

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What if the Heathrow Bombers Succeeded?

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, August 28, 2006

Maybe it's because I know I have to catch a transatlantic flight on Sept. 11…

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The Next War of the World

by Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

In 1898, H. G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds, a novel that imagined the destruction of a great city and the extermination of its inhabitants by ruthless invaders…

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The Myopia of Hindsight

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, August 21, 2006

What did you do in the war, Daddy…

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Empires with Expiration Dates

by Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Empires, more than nation-states, are the principal actors in the history of world events…

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Testing the Limits of the U.N.

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, August 14, 2006

It’s funny that the abbreviation for the United Nations is U.N. It always makes me think of negatives…

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The Coming Tsunami of Trash

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, August 7, 2006

There is a wonderfully sinister poem by Edgar Allan Poe, "The City in the Sea," which depicts an Atlantis-like metropolis lost beneath the "melancholy waters" of a "lurid sea…

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Look! Up in the sky! It's America!

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 31, 2006

When Tony Blair flew to the United States on Friday for his meetings with President Bush and Rupert Murdoch, I hope the in-flight entertainment was "Superman Returns…

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