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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Analysis and Commentary

Warfare on the Installment Plan

by Niall Fergusonvia Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)
Tuesday, June 5, 2007

War finance is not rocket science...

Analysis and Commentary

Africa fooled us again

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 4, 2007

Anyone who has seen the film "Amazing Grace" will appreciate the parallels between the career of William Wilberforce, the politician who led the campaign against the slave trade, and that of outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Analysis and Commentary

Reviving the evil empire

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 28, 2007

There is no such thing as the future...

Analysis and Commentary

The world as Shakespearean tragedy

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 21, 2007

"All the world's a stage," observes Jacques in "As You Like It..."

Analysis and Commentary

Venice on the Hudson

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 14, 2007

Venice may seem an unlikely place to think about globalization...

Analysis and Commentary

London's bridge has fallen down

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 7, 2007

As Tony Blair prepares to step down after 10 years as British prime minister, he has surely learned one thing: Foreign policy is not something you can make up as you go along...

Analysis and Commentary

Will we recognise the landscape without him?

by Niall Ferguson with Timothy Garton Ashvia Telegraph
Saturday, May 5, 2007

Foreign policy is not something you can make up as you go along...

Analysis and Commentary

When civil war spreads

by Niall Fergusonvia BBC News
Thursday, May 3, 2007

As a consequence of a botched Anglo-American occupation, Iraq is now in the midst of a civil war - already one of the biggest in the world since 1945 - with the kind of escalating cycle of tit-for-tat killing and ethnic cleansing that can last for years, even decades...

In the News

Opposing view: Tale of two planets

by Niall Fergusonvia USA Today
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Sometimes it can seem as if the news pages of USA TODAY are covering a different planet from the business pages...

Analysis and Commentary

What war?

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

At home, the economy soars and Americans let the good times roll...

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