Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow

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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49th St. Gallen Symposium On The Topic Of “Capital For Purpose”

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Caixin Global
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

To begin the programme, Niall Ferguson, Professor at the University of Stanford, will describe the state of Western capitalism from a historian’s perspective.

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Here’s How Much Bitcoin Countries Need To Replace Their Gold Reserves

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Bitcoinist
Monday, April 8, 2019

New research from a digital asset management firm estimates the amount of BTC governments have to accumulate if Bitcoin were to replace the current gold reserves.


Can The US Balance China's Power?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 8, 2019

It is hard to believe these days that for roughly two and a half centuries Britain maintained the balance of power in Europe. But how?


Historian Niall Ferguson On Brexit, US/China Trade

interview with Niall Fergusonvia PBS
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses Brexit, China trade talks, and hate crimes on the rise in the US.


Niall Ferguson: UK Asks For Another Short Brexit Delay — While The EU Proposes Something Much Longer

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses another Brexit delay and the costs associated with the delay.


Niall Ferguson: “Our Capacity For Self-Destruction Grows Greater Every Day”

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Prospect Magazine
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his life and what he has learned and what he is most proud of.


How Japan Must Pity The Land Of The Setting Sun

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 1, 2019

Despite the bitter war they fought in the 1940s, Japan and Britain (my native country) have much in common. Both are archipelagos off the vast Eurasian landmass. Both are among the most densely populated countries in the world. Both were once mighty empires. Both are still quite rich. Both are constitutional monarchies.


Niall Ferguson: A Historical Perpective On Populist Politics

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Larry McDonald Series
Friday, March 29, 2019

[Subscription Required] Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson outlines why he looks at history for its predictive ability. Ferguson also explains how populism will change Europe, and gives his view of what to make of the economic changes and trade talks with China.

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The Pacific Century: Niall Ferguson On The Coming Cold War With China

interview with Michael R. Auslin, Niall Ferguson, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hoover fellow and historian Niall Ferguson on China, Trump, and Trade.

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From Trade War To Tech War To Cold War

by Niall Fergusonvia Strategika
Thursday, March 28, 2019

If you had told me 30 years ago America would be in another Cold War with another communist superpower by 2019, I would not have believed you. If you had told me that, simultaneously, socialism would be the height of fashion with young Americans, I would have directed you to a psychiatrist. But here we are. Three decades ago Francis Fukuyama published his seminal essay “The End of History?”, hailing the victory of liberal capitalism over all its ideological competitors, but especially over communism. The essay he needs to write today is “The Upend of History?”