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, in published in the U.S. in January.

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Analysis and Commentary

What if the Heathrow Bombers Succeeded?

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, August 28, 2006

Maybe it's because I know I have to catch a transatlantic flight on Sept. 11…

Analysis and Commentary

The Next War of the World

by Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

In 1898, H. G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds, a novel that imagined the destruction of a great city and the extermination of its inhabitants by ruthless invaders…

Analysis and Commentary

The Myopia of Hindsight

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, August 21, 2006

What did you do in the war, Daddy…

Analysis and Commentary

Empires with Expiration Dates

by Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Empires, more than nation-states, are the principal actors in the history of world events…

Analysis and Commentary

Testing the Limits of the U.N.

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, August 14, 2006

It’s funny that the abbreviation for the United Nations is U.N. It always makes me think of negatives…

Analysis and Commentary

The Coming Tsunami of Trash

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, August 7, 2006

There is a wonderfully sinister poem by Edgar Allan Poe, "The City in the Sea," which depicts an Atlantis-like metropolis lost beneath the "melancholy waters" of a "lurid sea…

Analysis and Commentary

Look! Up in the sky! It's America!

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 31, 2006

When Tony Blair flew to the United States on Friday for his meetings with President Bush and Rupert Murdoch, I hope the in-flight entertainment was "Superman Returns…

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A World of Many Cold Wars

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2006

One cold war between nuclear protagonists was scary enough. A world of multiple nuclear cold wars would be the stuff of nightmares. Will we wake in time? By Niall Ferguson.

Analysis and Commentary

It's Not World War III, but It Could Be Almost as Bad

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 24, 2006

This is not the first time that world leaders have had their summers ruined by "a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing…

Analysis and Commentary

Young, Desperate and Hot -- It's a Volatile Mix

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 17, 2006

Are we heading for a Summer of Rage…