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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Safer But Not Yet Safe

by John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Friday, September 10, 2021

The approaching twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the American homeland is a time to remember the fallen and reflect on lessons learned from that terrible day, including America’s readiness for a similar event. Condoleezza Rice, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and President George W. Bush’s national security advisor at the time of the attacks, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson and John Cochrane to relive the White House’s response that day and shares her concerns about US national security moving forward.

Interviews

Inflation Could Repeat The 1960s, When The Fed Lost Control, Niall Ferguson Says

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Friday, September 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says that policymakers are facing a new challenge in the form of rising inflation as a result of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in a fashion similar to their response to the Great Recession of 2008.

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Niall Ferguson: American Decline Is A Choice. Let's Not Choose It.

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Honestly with Bari Weiss
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson answers the big questions: how did we get here? Is American decline inevitable? And if not, what can be done to renew the culture and the country?

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How Angela Merkel Turned Back The Clock Of German History

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, August 29, 2021

The outgoing German chancellor is overrated at home and abroad.

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Papier-Mâché Tiger

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

America’s inability to adequately game-plan and execute a clean withdrawal from Afghanistan brings into question the foresight and competency of the nation’s political and foreign policy establishment. Hoover Institution senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss what went wrong in Kabul, the harm done to US prestige, and whether the image of a weakened America at odds with its NATO allies opens the door to Chinese and Russian aggression.

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GoodFellows: Papier-Mâché Tiger

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

America’s inability to adequately game-plan and execute a clean withdrawal from Afghanistan brings into question the foresight and competency of the nation’s political and foreign policy establishment. Hoover Institution senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss what went wrong in Kabul, the harm done to US prestige, and whether the image of a weakened America at odds with its NATO allies opens the door to Chinese and Russian aggression.

Analysis and Commentary

Niall Ferguson On The Woke Reformation: Episode Six - History And Solutions

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Signal Productions
Friday, August 20, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about wokeness from a historical perspective.

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Niall Ferguson On Why The End Of America’s Empire Won’t Be Peaceful

by Niall Fergusonvia The Economist
Friday, August 20, 2021

[Subscription Required] As it leaves Afghanistan in chaos, America’s decline mirrors Britain’s a century ago. It may also invite wider conflict, warns a historian.

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Niall Ferguson: Why Civilizations Rise & Fall / Will Decentralized Finance Change The World... Again

interview with Niall Fergusonvia American Optimist
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson explains why the rise and fall of civilizations do not fit into predictable patterns and cycles. He does not see American decline as inevitable and holds out that America’s best days may yet be ahead -- if it can stay on the right path.

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Reaction Podcast: Niall Ferguson And Iain Martin In Conversation

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Reaction Podcast
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new post-pandemic book Doom and the state of global politics and economics.

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