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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The GOP Will Hang on

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, September 18, 2006

Will it only be the leaves that descend this fall...

Analysis and Commentary

Long Live Royal Bloodlines!

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

Hereditary matters...

Analysis and Commentary

The Nation That Fell To Earth

by Niall Fergusonvia Time Magazine
Monday, September 11, 2006

It's the year 2031--one generation removed from Sept. 11, 2001--and Americans are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington...

Analysis and Commentary

Conservative Doesn't Mean Anti-Conservationist

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

It has been the political equivalent of an explosion in a dye works

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…

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