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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Analysis and Commentary

What Would Eisenhower Do?

by Niall Fergusonvia National Review
Thursday, November 19, 2015

[Subscription required] American foreign policy today is in disarray. Faced with three major challenges to Western democracy — a restive Russia, an economically ascendant China, and Islamic extremism emanating from a strife-torn Middle East — President Obama has struggled to formulate a coherent strategy.


Paris And The Fall Of Rome

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, November 16, 2015

I am not going to repeat what you have already read or heard. I am not going to say that what happened in Paris on Friday night was unprecedented horror, for it was not.

Analysis and Commentary

Wear Your Poppy And Remember: Sometimes We Must Fight

by Niall Fergusonvia The Sunday TImes
Sunday, November 8, 2015

 [Subscription Required] The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to journalists what fish in a barrel are to marksmen.

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Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist

by Niall Fergusonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The definitive biography of Henry Kissinger, based on unprecedented access to his private papers.

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Niall Ferguson On Kissinger The Idealist

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Niall Ferguson discusses the education of Henry Kissinger from 1923 to 1968, beginning as a boy fleeing Nazi Germany to becoming an influential and powerful statesman.


Bash Kissinger But Not Obama? The Double Standard Is Striking

by Niall Ferguson featuring Henry A. Kissingervia Trib Total Media
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Having spent much of the last decade writing a life of Kissinger, I no longer think of the former secretary of State as the heartless grandmaster of realpolitik. (That's a caricature.) But after reading countless critiques of his record, not least the late Christopher Hitchens' influential “Trial of Henry Kissinger,” I also find myself asking another question: Where are the equivalent critiques of Obama?

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Analysis and Commentary

Cameron Is Right To Schmooze The Chinese

by Niall Fergusonvia The Times
Saturday, October 24, 2015

[Subscription required] The prime minister is neatly repositioning Britain alongside the world’s rising power, just as the US did 40 years ago


Niall Ferguson: The Degeneration Of Europe

by Niall Fergusonvia Prospect Magazine (UK)
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sluggish growth, an ageing population and a refugee crisis - will the union survive?

Analysis and Commentary

Playing Patience While Syria Burns

by Niall Ferguson quoting Henry A. Kissingervia TheWorldPost
Monday, October 12, 2015

In England the game of solitaire is known as "patience." For those unfamiliar with the game, a single card player places a shuffled deck of cards face down and tries, by turning them over and rearranging them, to end up with four columns, one for each suit, with the cards ranked from ace to king.

Analysis and Commentary

Sorry, America, But It Looks Like Joe Biden Is Your Next President

by Niall Fergusonvia The Spectator
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Plus: Bloomberg, Kissinger and me; Hillary Clinton’s Peronist path to power.