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, in published in the U.S. in January.

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A War On The West

quoting Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Alivia American Thinker
Monday, July 22, 2019

Will the West be complicit in its own destruction? That is the question raised by the documentary film, The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War against the West.

Interviews

Niall Ferguson: The U.S. Is Entering A New Cold War With China

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Dallas News
Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about what he considers an emerging Cold War with China. This Cold War may be more difficult, he says, but the US can prevail by appealing to the Chinese people, many of whom appreciate our democratic capitalism.

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America’s Values Will Help Win A New Cold War

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Catalyst
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses what he considers an emerging Cold War with China. This Cold War may be more difficult, he says, but the US can prevail by appealing to the Chinese people, many of whom appreciate our democratic capitalism. Our values will also help the US prevail.

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The World’s Top 50 Thinkers 2019

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Prospect
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Prospect salutes the scientists, philosophers and writers reshaping our times—and asks for your help choosing our 2019 winners. Never doubt that thoughtful minds can change the world; they are the only things that ever do. Margaret Mead is thought to have said something like that, which chimes with Keynes, who wrote that the self-styled practical men running the world were unwittingly guided by forgotten academic scribblers. For Victor Hugo, meanwhile, the one thing stronger than all the armies in the world was “an idea whose time had come.”

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Free Exchange: Niall Ferguson On Europe, Brexit And Boris

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CapX
Friday, July 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about the European Union, Brexit, Boris Johnson, and much more.

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A Fine Time To Become An American

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Patriot Post
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Yes, I picked a fine time to become an American — because it's always a fine time.

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In Britain, The Old Politics And The New

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, July 1, 2019

Ours is a time of paradoxes. For example: Even as information technology has empowered enormous and open-access social networks, politics in Britain continues to be run by the tiny and exclusive old boy network.

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Will Boris Johnson Break Up The Union?

by Niall Fergusonvia The Spectator
Saturday, June 29, 2019

I spent the early part of last week in London, filming what are known in the television trade as PTCs (‘pieces to camera’). These will form the connecting tissue for a three-part documentary series loosely based on my most recent book, The Square and the Tower. Ten years ago, I did a lot of this kind of thing. 

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Niall Ferguson: Investors Await News On A US-China Trade Deal

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNN
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses President Trump's economic policies and a possible US-China trade deal.

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Don’t Underestimate Trump’s Foreign Policy

by Niall Ferguson quoting Henry A. Kissingervia Boston Globe
Monday, June 24, 2019

‘Linkage” was a term introduced to American diplomacy by Henry Kissinger at the outset of the Nixon administration. Linkage, Kissinger wrote in his memoir, “White House Years,” could be an explicit gambit — for example, making “progress in settling the Vietnam War . . . a condition for advance in areas of interest to the Soviets, such as the Middle East, trade, or arms limitation.” But linkage was also an implicit reality in an increasingly interdependent world.

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