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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A Salute To Great Teachers

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, June 17, 2019

Now there is a man who deserves our admiration: the man who taught English to the young Churchill, who in turn became one of the language’s greatest masters — second only to Shakespeare, in my view. Robert Somervell, like Hammond, dedicated his life to teaching. He did not aspire to be prime minister, for teachers are generally modest types. But should we admire only the ambitious?


Geopolitical Flashpoints With Ian Bremmer, Niall Ferguson & Dana Perino

interview with Niall Fergusonvia George W. Bush Presidential Center
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the most urgent geopolitical challenges of the day.


Free Speech Is In Free Fall In Silicon Valley

by Niall Fergusonvia Niall Ferguson
Sunday, June 9, 2019

I am old enough to remember when Twitter billed itself as “the free-speech wing of the free-speech party”. Heck, I can even remember John Perry Barlow’s hippie-libertarian “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” — a place “where anyone, anywhere, may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity”.


On the Spot: Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia History Today
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the the things he likes and dislikes as well as what future generations might think of us.

Analysis and Commentary

Threats To Free And Open Societies

interview with H. R. McMaster, Niall Ferguson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Larry Diamondvia C-SPAN
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows H.R. McMaster, Niall Ferguson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Larry Diamond discuss threats to free and open societies and what can be done to defeat these threats across government, the private sector, academia, and civil society.


A Tale Of Two State Visits

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, June 3, 2019

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.” Thus Charles Dickens begins “A Tale of Two Cities.” Would that the greatest of all novelists could return to us for a week. For it would take Dickens in his prime to do full justice to President Trump’s state visit to Britain this week.


Niall Ferguson: Populist Moments In Politics And Culture Around The Globe

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Federalist
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the rising populism in elections around the world, Brexit, and the election of Trump. Some of the questions Ferguson talks about are: Why haven’t liberals reflected on the Obama administration? What are better history lessons to look to? And how has Silicon Valley responded to pressure about hate speech?

Analysis and Commentary

The Outbreak Of The Second Cold War

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, May 27, 2019

Regular readers of this column will not have been surprised by the outbreak of the Second Cold War. Ever since President Trump imposed the first tariffs on Chinese imports last year, I have argued that the trade war between the United States and China would last longer than most people expected and that it would escalate into other forms of warfare.

In the News

Documentary Explores The Ideological War Against The West

featuring Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bruce Thorntonvia The Epoch Times
Monday, May 27, 2019

With the 2020 elections coming up and campaigns underway, the idea of democratic socialists and socialism has become a major topic of conversation. The Hill states, “A majority of Americans say socialism is incompatible with American values, and only 10 percent of voters in a new poll have a positive view of socialism.”


Niall Ferguson: Here's What Could Be Next For The UK After Theresa May Leaves

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Friday, May 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the future of Brexit following Theresa May's announcement that she will resign as U.K. prime minister on June 7th.