Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
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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 Politics Of Catastrophe With Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The David McWilliams Podcast
Monday, August 16, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the politics of catastrophe.

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50 Years After Going Off Gold, The Dollar Must Go For Crypto

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Saturday, August 14, 2021

After Richard Nixon scrapped Bretton Woods, the U.S. currency’s exorbitant privilege only grew — because the U.S. embraced innovation, not regulation.

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Niall Ferguson On The Politics Of Catastrophe

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Radio West
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says that, on some level, every disaster is man-made—that so-called “natural” disasters are usually made worse by our bungling.

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Advance, Retreat, Resign

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

America’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the onset of the Delta variant raise questions as to the success of the war on terror and the war on COVID-19. Hoover Institution senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss what all has gone wrong of late on those respective battlefields, plus a few thoughts on the rise and fall of New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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GoodFellows: Advance, Retreat, Resign

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

America’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the onset of the Delta variant raise questions as to the success of the war on terror and the war on COVID-19. Hoover Institution senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss what all has gone wrong of late on those respective battlefields, plus a few thoughts on the rise and fall of New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Disasters, Bunkers And Financial Collapse: A Little Not-So-Light Holiday Reading

featuring Niall Fergusonvia MoneyWeek
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Merryn Somerset Webb picks a selection of books for you to dive into wherever you are holidaying this summer.

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Niall Ferguson On Why We Study History

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Conversations with Tyler
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the difference between English and Scottish pessimism and why there is not more interest in studying the past.

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The World’s Cascade Of Disasters Is Not A Coincidence

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, July 25, 2021

A pandemic, fires, floods, popular unrest — it’s an intertwined pattern seen throughout history and even in the Bible.

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How Human History Is Shaped By Disaster, According To Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia GZERO World Podcast
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about the geopolitics of disaster.

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Niall Ferguson: Blame Bureaucrats, Not Leaders, For Mismanaging Disasters

interview with Niall Fergusonvia GZERO Media
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson notes that when a government fails on disaster response, we often point the finger at the wrong person: the president — instead of the mid-level bureaucrats who are actually responsible for most decisions.

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