Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of fifteen books, most recently The Square and the Tower. His previous book, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, 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. His many other prizes include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013). In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group. His new book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the U.S. in January.

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Niall Ferguson - Delphi Economic Forum Online

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Delphi Economic Forum
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the state of the world.

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2020 Is Not 1968. It May Be Worse.

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, June 7, 2020

Social unrest helped doom Lyndon Johnson's presidency. It may end up saving Trump's.

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GoodFellows: The End of Empathy

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Hoover Podcasts
Sunday, June 7, 2020

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In this special edition of GoodFellows, we’re joined by Roland Fryer, Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His work on education, inequality, and race has been widely cited in media outlets and in Congressional testimony. In this wide ranging conversation on the events of the past 10 days, the GoodFellows discuss Roland’s experiences with law enforcement as a teenager, which informed his future work researching the use of force by police departments and the disparities in how it is applied to African Americans. They also discuss one of the more radical proposals stemming from the George Floyd murder: defunding police departments.

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The End Of Empathy

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Friday, June 5, 2020

In this special edition of GoodFellows, we’re joined by Roland Fryer, Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His work on education, inequality, and race has been widely cited in media outlets and in Congressional testimony. In this wide ranging conversation on the events of the past 10 days, the GoodFellows discuss Roland’s experiences with law enforcement as a teenager, which informed his future work researching the use of force by police departments and the disparities in how it is applied to African Americans. They also discuss one of the more radical proposals stemming from the George Floyd murder: defunding police departments.

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Niall Ferguson: Economist Stephanie Kelton On US Unemployment Crisis: ‘The Only Game In Town Is The Federal Government’

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Channel 4
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses high unemployment, debt, and what can be done to accelerate the pace of recovery.
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Coronavirus Could Permanently Alter 'Social Life' The Way HIV/AIDS Changed ‘Sexual Life’: Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Yahoo Money
Monday, June 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says that if the novel coronavirus remains a permanent part of American life it would fundamentally shift the way people interact with one another, comparing the change to a revolution in sexual health awareness that followed the emergence of HIV/AIDS.

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Predictions And Punts: A Retrospective Scoring Of This Column

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Friday, May 29, 2020
As these will be my last words in these pages, it’s time to look back and take stock.
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Niall Ferguson: Public Transport In Crisis And A New Cold War

interview with Niall Fergusonvia A Cast
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses whether COVID-19 will bring about the first "foreign policy" election since 1968.

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Coronavirus Response A 'Massive Policy Screwup' But Not Trump's Fault: Niall Ferguson

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Yahoo Finance
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The U.S. response to the novel coronavirus divides many Americans along partisan lines. Democrats criticize President Donald Trump for a mismanaged response with grave consequences, and Republicans defend him, downplaying the need for social distancing and measures that ensure it.

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Historian Niall Ferguson On What The Pandemic Means For The Global Economy, Geopolitics - And Parties

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The World Economic Forum
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses lessons from history for the economic recovery ahead; the potential impact of the virus on geopolitics and globalization; and why lockdown life suits some people.

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