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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What war?

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

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

Analysis and Commentary

Predicting random chaos from hindsight

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 23, 2007

Why do we insist on drawing causal chains to exceedingly rare calamities after the fact?

Analysis and Commentary

Global leaders need to rule the seas

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 16, 2007

Today's crop of political leaders lacks the military experience to recognize the importance of maritime power...

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Brave Hearts and Autonomy

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Pondering smaller nations in a bigger world. By Niall Ferguson

Analysis and Commentary

Iran exposes Britain's weakness

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Blair's timid response to his soldiers' abduction shows how weak-willed the once-imperial power has become...

Analysis and Commentary

Terrorist's confession exposes dark side of US

by Niall Fergusonvia Telegraph
Sunday, March 18, 2007

The historian lives for the revelatory document...

Analysis and Commentary

Independence? Try 'aid-dependence'

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, March 11, 2007

Colonialism didn't cause Africa's problems, and aid alone won't fix them...

Analysis and Commentary

Buy Chimerican

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, March 5, 2007

Like a good marriage, U.S. and Chinese differences complement each other...

Analysis and Commentary

Why our enemies -- and friends -- hate us

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, February 26, 2007

Provoking dislike throughout the world is part of being an empire...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's muddled stance on foreign intervention

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

If politics were a fairy tale, Barack Obama would surely be the next president of the United States...

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