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

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…

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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…

Analysis and Commentary

When will China pull the plug on North Korea?

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 10, 2006

Independence Day is traditionally celebrated in New York with one of the world's most spectacular fireworks displays…

Analysis and Commentary

Niall Ferguson: Gordon Brown's voodoo economics

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 12, 2006

Summer is the time of year Americans are most likely to visit Britain, and Britons to visit America…

Analysis and Commentary

Reasons to Worry

by Niall Fergusonvia New York Times
Sunday, June 11, 2006

Think of the economy of the United States as a dinosaur — one of those huge herbivores whose bulk shook the ground…

Analysis and Commentary

An X-rated White House

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 5, 2006

The X-Men have taken over Washington…

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An Imperial Divergence

by Niall Fergusonvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, June 3, 2006

Sir John Elliott concludes this magisterial comparative history of empire in the Americas with a striking counterfactual sketch, imagining a different royal patron for Christopher Columbus and a different fate for the New World: "If [England's] Henry VII had been willing to sponsor Columbus's first voyage," he writes, "and if an expeditionary force of [Englishmen] had conquered Mexico for Henry VIII, it is possible to imagine a ... massive increase in the wealth of the English crown as growing quantities of American silver flowed into the royal coffers; the development of a coherent imperial strategy to exploit the resources of the New World; the creation of an imperial bureaucracy to govern the settler societies and their subjugated populations; the declining influence of parliament in the national life, and the establishment of an absolutist English monarchy financed by the silver of America…

Analysis and Commentary

Quit protesting, profs!

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 29, 2006

It's exam time…

Analysis and Commentary

World markets' wild ride

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 22, 2006

I think I have finally caught the Oxford English Dictionary…

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Tomorrow's World War Today

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Great Gulf War of 2007-11? A disquieting glimpse of what the future might hold if we fail to deal with the nuclear threat in Iran. By Niall Ferguson.