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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Niall Ferguson: Capitalism, Socialism & Democracy In The Age Of Technological Disruption

interview with Niall Fergusonvia St. Gallen Symposium
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses capitalism, socialism, and technology.

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The Road To Caracas

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, May 6, 2019

When I first visited Venezuela in 2010, Hugo Chávez was still the country’s president. Venezuela in those days wasn’t all bad. I enjoyed sipping Scotch (the national drink of choice) in Carabobo and boating on the Orinoco River. But I could tell that things were not going to end well. “The reality of Chávez’s regime,” I wrote at the time, “is that it is a sham democracy. . . . Private property rights . . . are routinely violated."

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The Coming Generation War

by Niall Ferguson, Eyck Freymannvia The Atlantic
Monday, May 6, 2019

“There is a mysterious cycle in human events,” said Franklin Delano Roosevelt, accepting the Democratic nomination for president in Philadelphia in 1936. “To some generations much is given. Of others much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.”

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Top Three Academic Institutions That Are Involved In Crypto

featuring Hoover Institution, Niall Fergusonvia Block Tribune
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Cryptocurrency is fast becoming the industry its founders always envisioned it could be – a way to speed international payments, a vehicle for everyday transactions, and a transformative means of funding and fueling new businesses and innovative ideas.

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The Best Ways To Save And Spend Money In Your 20s And 30s, According To Financial Historian Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Monday, April 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says there are a few big things that every millennial should keep in mind when they start to earn and spend money.

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Biden Is In, But Bernie Reigns

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 29, 2019

Yvonne Fair’s “It Should’ve Been Me” is one of the great 1970s soul hits. I wonder if Joe Biden ever finds himself humming it when he looks back on the events of 2016. More than a year before the presidential election, I argued that Biden stood the best chance of beating Donald Trump when it came to winning the votes of “white, male, aging Americans.” It was not to be. Barack Obama, who had picked Biden as his running mate in 2008, took the fateful decision to back Hillary Clinton.

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U.S. Democracy And Foreign Policy Since 1919

mentioning Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson, Stephen D. Krasnervia CSPAN
Monday, April 15, 2019

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins Hoover Institution senior fellows Stephen Krasner and Niall Ferguson in a conversation analyzing the changing role of U.S. democracy in foreign policy over the past hundred years.

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A Message To All Professional Thinkers — We Either Hang Together Or We Hang Separately

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 15, 2019

Seventy years ago this month, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was established to protect Western Europe and the freedoms of its inhabitants from the threat of Soviet communism. It has become clear to me that we now need a similar organization to protect Western intellectuals from a growing threat to academic freedom.

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Watch Niall Ferguson Break Down The Balance Of Power In Europe

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about the multiple US trade discussions that are ongoing with China, the European Union, and Japan.

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49th St. Gallen Symposium On The Topic Of “Capital For Purpose”

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Caixin Global
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

To begin the programme, Niall Ferguson, Professor at the University of Stanford, will describe the state of Western capitalism from a historian’s perspective.

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