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

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It’s An Injustice

by Niall Ferguson quoting Kevin Hassettvia Boston Globe
Monday, May 4, 2020

Growing up in Glasgow, my friends and I liked to quote Calimero sarcastically at anyone who complained about their lot. ‘It’s an injustice, it is!’

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Black Swans, Dragon Kings And Gray Rhinos: The World War Of 1914-1918 And The Pandemic of 2020-?

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover History Working Group
Monday, May 4, 2020

History Working Paper 2020-1

It has become a commonplace among beleaguered leaders seeking to rally popular support that the COVID-19 pandemic is a “war,” albeit against an “invisible enemy.” For a number of obvious reasons, a pandemic is very different from a war, of course. We think of a pandemic as a natural disaster, whereas a war as man-made.

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GoodFellows: Your Wallet or Your Life?

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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Striking the right balance in restarting a battered economy, COVID-19’s effect on America’s military readiness, and a scenario in which a second pandemic wave strikes shortly before the fall election.
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Your Wallet Or Your Life?

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

As the nation’s states start loosening shelter-in-place restrictions developed in response to the coronavirus, governments weigh sometimes conflicting advice from the scientific and business communities. Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H. R. McMaster debate the right balance to strike in restarting a battered economy, COVID-19’s effect on America’s military readiness, and a scenario in which a second pandemic wave strikes shortly before the fall election.

Analysis and Commentary

The Second Wave Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 27, 2020

These days we are all a bit like those Japanese fishermen, cowering beneath a giant wave, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interviews

Coronavirus Has Come Along During A Time Of Existing Generational Conflict: Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Yahoo Money
Friday, April 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the generational and political divisions and new social fissures that have grown amid coronavirus.

Interviews

John Anderson Direct: With Niall Ferguson MA, D.Phil, Senior Fellow, Stanford University

interview with Niall Fergusonvia John Anderson
Friday, April 24, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses history, economics, COVID-19, and the politics of this and other pandemics.
Interviews

How Did Our Government Fail? Niall Ferguson Talks To A&G

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Talk 650 KSTE
Friday, April 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the US government's response to the coronavirus.

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GoodFellows: Cold War 2

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Is a new “cold war” between America and China this generation’s defining economic and geostrategic engagement?

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Cold War 2

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

If the US-Soviet standoff defined the second half of the 20th century, is a new “cold war” between America and China this generation’s defining economic and geostrategic engagement? Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson and H. R. McMaster debate whether a new cold war indeed is under way and what defines the competition. (Spoiler alert: the three “GoodFellows” are not in agreement.)

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