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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TikTok Is Inane. China’s Imperial Ambition Is Not.

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, August 9, 2020

The U.S. won the Cold War by exporting its values, and China has a similar plan for Cold War II.

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GoodFellows: The Importance Of Institutions In A Time Of Crisis

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Yuval Levinvia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Even pre-pandemic, America was experiencing a crisis in institutional confidence (with the noted exception of the military)—a lack of public trust in government, business, education, media, and faith organizations. Yuval Levin, a social and cultural scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Hoover senior fellows and GoodFellows regulars John Cochrane and H. R. McMaster to discuss where America went astray and how the nation can rebuild from the grass roots up.

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Niall Ferguson On What History Can Teach Us About Covid-19

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Intelligence Squared (UK)
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the implications of COVID-19 and what history can teach us about pandemics.

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GoodFellows: Chilling Out On Climate With Bjorn Lomborg

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Earlier this year, the world’s elites agonized over climate change as the planet’s great existential crisis. And then along came a global pandemic. Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and Hoover visiting fellow Bjorn Lomborg—this week’s guest “GoodFellow” and the author of a new book on the climate-change debate—discuss where the “environmental justice” movement is taking America and the world’s nations.

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Chilling Out On Climate With Bjorn Lomborg

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, Bjorn Lomborg, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Earlier this year, the world’s elites agonized over climate change as the planet’s great existential crisis. And then along came a global pandemic. Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and Hoover visiting fellow Bjorn Lomborg—this week’s guest “GoodFellow” and the author of a new book on the climate-change debate—discuss where the “environmental justice” movement is taking America and the world’s nations.

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GoodFellows: Back From The Future

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Something offbeat this week: the three “GoodFellows” hopping into a DeLorean time machine, à la Back To The Future, speeding two summers into the future and reporting back on what they saw. Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson and H.R. McMaster foresee a 2022 in which the coronavirus seems “so 2020”, the cancel culture overplayed its hand, China suffers an internal backlash, and America pays a price for spending/currency choices.

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Back From The Future

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Something offbeat this week: the three “GoodFellows” hopping into a DeLorean time machine, à la Back To The Future, speeding two summers into the future and reporting back on what they saw. Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson and H.R. McMaster foresee a 2022 in which the coronavirus seems “so 2020”, the cancel culture overplayed its hand, China suffers an internal backlash, and America pays a price for spending/currency choices.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, July 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Civilization: The West and the Rest.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, July 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Civilization: The West and the Rest.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 3)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, July 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Civilization: The West and the Rest.

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