Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow

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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Recent Commentary

“Turning People into Americans”

by Chris Walsh, William McKenzie interview with Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Hoover fellow Niall Ferguson is optimistic that future immigrants will find their “kaleidoscopic identity” within the American experiment, just as so many others have done. Including him.

Taiwan as Trigger

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

American presidents come and go, but Beijing has never once taken its eyes off Taiwan, or ceased demanding it.


Niall Ferguson: On The Post COVID-19 World

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CDA Institute
Monday, July 12, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about how COVID-19 exposed the failure of the public health bureaucracy in the United States and other countries as well.


China’s Attacks On Tech Are A Losing Strategy In Cold War II

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Forcing DiDi and Alibaba to toe the Communist Party line may help Xi build a police state but will stall the nation’s dynamic industry.

Analysis and Commentary

The Boring ‘20s

by Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Policy
Friday, July 9, 2021

There are good reasons to doubt that the 2020s will be roaring in any sense at all, good or bad. Rather, the remainder of the decade may prove distinctly boring. (Niall’s piece is the 11th down the list.)


Niall Ferguson: Why We'll Never Be Prepared For Disaster

interview with Niall Fergusonvia MoneyWeek
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about the nature of catastrophe and disaster; why we should perhaps stop worrying about Covid and start worrying about the surveillance state; plus bitcoin, inflation, and World War 3.


The New Language Of Politics - Professor Niall Ferguson In Conversation With Dr Frank Luntz

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Centre for Policy Studies
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks with Frank Luntz about the new language of politics and how politicians can speak to their voters in the most effective way.

In the News

How Our Connections Cause Catastrophes

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Dispatch
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Non-fiction books take, on average, eight to 12 months to write, followed by an additional year or so of editing, fact-checking, organizing, and other publishing wizardry. The time between book proposal and bookshelf is roughly two years.

Niall Ferguson: Trade Wars, Currency Wars, and Information Wars

Niall Ferguson On The Politics Of Catastrophe

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CapX
Friday, July 2, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the politics of catastrophe and argues that far from being “unprecedented”, the response to Covid-19 exhibits the same political and social pathologies that have shaped so many previous crises. Moreover, we can’t hope to understand the pandemic without a keen appreciation of the history of economics, society, culture and politics.

In the News

Ferguson’s Doom

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Conservative
Friday, July 2, 2021

A public intellectual is somebody who is best-known for an ability to transmit ideas effectively to the general public. Past examples include Voltaire, Bastiat, Bertrand Russell and John Maynard Keynes, and the modern Left can of course rely on Paul Krugman.