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, in published in the U.S. in January.

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Dollar Diplomacy

by Niall Fergusonvia New Yorker
Monday, August 27, 2007

It was “the most generous act of any people, anytime, anywhere, to another people,” its chief administrator declared...

Analysis and Commentary

The Great War And the Shaping of the 21st Century

by Niall Fergusonvia PBS
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The after shocks of the earthquake we call the Great War are still being felt today, in the 21st century...

Analysis and Commentary

Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson: Malthusian misery's comeback

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 30, 2007

The great demographer and economist Thomas Malthus was 23 years old the last time a British summer was this rain-soaked, which was in 1789...

Analysis and Commentary

Owning on borrowed time

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 16, 2007

The idea that everyone should be a property owner has much to commend it...

Analysis and Commentary

The United States of Britain?

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 9, 2007

Britain's new prime minister, Gordon Brown, was a day early with his Independence Day celebrations.

Analysis and Commentary

The Least Among Us

by Niall Fergusonvia New York Times
Sunday, July 1, 2007

The economist Paul Collier has some ideas about how to improve the lot of the world’s poorest countries...

Analysis and Commentary

The EU's final battle

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 25, 2007

Europeans want a strong organization, but their leaders are caught up in a continental identity crisis...

Its Own Worst Enemy

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Is colonialism to blame for the woes of former colonies? Not in Ghana. By Niall Ferguson.

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The Weakest Link

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ahmadinejad proved that he, not Britannia, rules the waves. By Niall Ferguson.

Analysis and Commentary

Yes, the Mideast matters

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 18, 2007

Should we simply ignore the Mideast?

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