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

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Recent Commentary


Barack Obama’s Revolution In Foreign Policy

by Niall Fergusonvia The Atlantic
Sunday, March 13, 2016

When you think you’re the smartest person in the room, it’s tempting to make up your own grand strategy.


Is The US Having A Populist Moment?

by Niall Ferguson quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 29, 2016

Panic is setting in. “Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand … exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany,” writes my Harvard colleague, political theorist Danielle Allen.

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The Struggle For Mastery In Europe

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 22, 2016

European negotiations were once glamorous. Five centuries ago, when Henry VIII met the French king Francis I near Calais, there was so much Tudor bling that the venue became known as the Field of Cloth of Gold.


Financial Panic Or Slow Burn?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 15, 2016

In the best-known scene of “The Revenant,’’ Leonardo DiCaprio is hideously mauled by a bear. The world’s investors now know exactly how that feels.

Analysis and Commentary

Henry Kissinger Provided Strategic Vision In Dangerous Times

by Niall Ferguson mentioning Henry A. Kissingervia The New York Times
Saturday, February 13, 2016

For Bernie Sanders to call Henry Kissinger “one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country,” is a reminder that, for all his appeal to younger Democrats, Sanders is a throwback to a bygone era.


The Iowa Factor

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 1, 2016

It’s Iowa time. Every four years everyone has to pay attention to little old Iowa, because since the early 1970s its caucuses have constituted the first real action of the presidential race. Until now, we’ve had only TV debates and polls. Now real voters get to cast real votes.

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Poorer, Yes. But Wiser?

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Political regimes in Greece used to be nasty, brutish, and short-lived. Has the country grown up at last?


The Mood Of Davos Turns Out To Be Quite Wrong

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, January 25, 2016

“It’s a bit like reliving your college years, but with each year compressed into a day.” That was how one of my friends summed up the Davos World Economic Forum last week. “On Day One, you are a frisky freshman. There isn’t an invitation you don’t accept. But by Day Four, you are ready to graduate and return to the real world.”

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Analysis and Commentary

Come And Have A Go At Cecil’s Statue If You Think You’re Hard Enough

by Niall Fergusonvia The Sunday TImes
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

[Subscription Required] As a general rule, I am against iconoclasm. People who want to tear down ancient monuments are rarely nice. They are the kind of person who also enjoys burning books they disagree with, and sometimes people they disagree with.


‘War And Peace’ Today

by Niall Ferguson quoting Abbas Milanivia Boston Globe
Monday, January 11, 2016

There can never be too many adaptations of “War and Peace,” the greatest novel ever written. I therefore welcome the BBC’s new six-part series soon to air in the United States. For me, however, it is no mere substitute for “Downton Abbey.” Its themes are far more profound, and more urgent.