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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Heir Pressure

by Niall Fergusonvia New Republic
Monday, December 25, 2006

"Happy families are all alike," Tolstoy famously announces in the opening sentence of his great novel; "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way..."

Analysis and Commentary

Trading on Commodities

by Niall Fergusonvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

In the Hollywood adaptation of Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not," Lauren Bacall offers Humphrey Bogart a justly famous explanation...

Analysis and Commentary

There are two types of dictator: ours and theirs. Ours is better

by Niall Ferguson with Milton Friedmanvia Telegraph
Sunday, December 17, 2006

The death of the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet prompted ugly riots in the streets of Santiago — and unusually sanctimonious prose in the columns of The Economist...

Analysis and Commentary

War: A Reader’s Guide

by Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hansonvia New York Times Book Review
Sunday, December 17, 2006

Theorists, novelists and partisans of all stripes have written on war...

Analysis and Commentary

Baker-Hamilton's fine print: Stay in Iraq

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, December 11, 2006

'Persuasion involves both incentives and penalties," Henry Kissinger once remarked...

Analysis and Commentary

The surrealism of Iraq

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, December 4, 2006

In Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five," the hero has a hallucination — or, perhaps, a vision...

Analysis and Commentary

The New Demagogues

by Niall Fergusonvia Washington Post
Sunday, December 3, 2006

"We are confronting the devil -- and we will hit a home run off the devil!"

Analysis and Commentary

Bribe the Insurgents

by Niall Fergusonvia New Republic
Monday, November 27, 2006

From the historian's perspective, it is not hard to see what went wrong in Iraq...

Analysis and Commentary

Some civil wars never end

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, November 27, 2006

It was three years ago that a prescient Beirut journalist I know predicted that Iraq would end up as "Lebanon to the power of 10" — meaning Lebanon during its 16-year civil war between 1975 and 1991...

In the News

The death of monetarism

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, November 19, 2006

"IInflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon..."

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