Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
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Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of WarThe House of RothschildEmpireCivilization, and Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist, which 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. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York–based advisory firm; a cofounding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company; and a trustee of both the New-York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the United States in 2018 and was a New York Times best seller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. His next book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, will be published in May 2021.

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Niall Ferguson: The Boring Twenties

interview with Niall Fergusonvia A Point of View
Friday, July 2, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses what lies ahead and argues that predictions of a 'Roaring Twenties' may be replaced with the 'Boring Twenties'.

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Most Threatening When Weak?

by Niall Fergusonvia TLS
Friday, July 2, 2021
The risks China poses to the global security.
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Most threatening when weak? The risks China poses to global security

by Niall Fergusonvia Times Literary Supplement
Friday, July 2, 2021

An OpEd by Niall Ferguson on the Chinese Communist Party and the beginnings of Cold War II.

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That ‘70s Show

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

To the adage of repeating the past, does a stretch of inflation at home, the end of prolonged military involvement in a faraway land, and a president lamenting a nation in crisis suggest a return to the America of the 1970s? Hoover Institution senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss the differences between then and now—after sharing photos showcasing their ’70s finery.

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Good Fellows: That '70s Show

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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To the adage of repeating the past, does a stretch of inflation at home, the end of prolonged military involvement in a faraway land, and a president lamenting a nation in crisis suggest a return to the America of the 1970s? Hoover Institution senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss the differences between then and now—after sharing photos showcasing their ’70s finery.

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The Exchange: Niall Ferguson On Human Error

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Exchange (Reuters)
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his latest book on disasters, natural and man-made, and why so many governments got Covid-19 so wrong.

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Culture And Black Communities

by Glenn Loury featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Glenn Loury
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Last month, I was invited to appear on Goodfellows, a podcast hosted by economist John H. Cochrane, former White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and historian Niall Ferguson. It was a penetrating discussion of race, culture, and economics that delved into some personal matters as well.

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Get Ready To Live With Covid’s Hassles Forever

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Just as with airline security after 9/11, many "temporary" pandemic regulations are with us to stay.

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A Contest To Control Crypto Is Under Way

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Financial Times
Friday, June 25, 2021

[Subscription Required] Central banks and other established institutions pit themselves against looser crowd-like networks.

Niall Ferguson: Trade Wars, Currency Wars, and Information Wars
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Watch: Niall Ferguson On The Covid Conservatorship And Our Loss Of Liberty

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Reaction
Friday, June 25, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how and why we're trapped in a COVID web of bureaucratic inertia and control, which might cause long-term risks to our liberty including free expression and free speech.

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