Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow

Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of WarThe House of RothschildEmpireCivilization, and Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist, which 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. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York–based advisory firm; a cofounding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company; and a trustee of both the New-York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the United States in 2018 and was a New York Times best seller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. His next book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, will be published in May 2021.

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The Calamitous Course Of History

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Critic
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Reading Doom might not save us, but it leaves us with a better appreciation of the complex politics of catastrophe


Niall Ferguson: Five Years On, How Has Brexit Changed Europe?

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Euronews
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses what Brexit means for the future of Europe.


Niall Ferguson: A History Of Disasters

interview with Niall Fergusonvia City Journal
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the false dichotomy of natural and man-made disasters, the true culprits in our problematic Covid-19 response, and the lessons from the pandemic for the next calamity.


Niall Ferguson: ‘Covid Exposed The Sclerosis Of The Administrative State’

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Open
Friday, June 18, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about the pandemic, the new cold war, and his recent book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.


Niall Ferguson On The COVID Pandemic, Inflation And Crypto.

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Podcast
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the COVID pandemic, inflation, and crypto.

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Top Historian: U.S. ‘Dealing Not Just With Decay Of Traditional Religion,’ But Something ‘Far Worse’

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Daily Wire
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A top historian is warning that so-called “woke” culture is a “fake religion” that must be reigned in or else it could have deadly consequences.


‘I Fear We Will Learn The Wrong Lessons From Covid’

by Niall Fergusonvia Spiked
Friday, June 11, 2021

It is often said that the Covid pandemic is ‘unprecedented’. It is true that societies across the globe have never been shut down to this extent, in an attempt to contain a virus. But in many ways, Covid-19 itself just another entry on the long list of human catastrophes.


Populism Isn’t Deadly

by Niall Fergusonvia UnHerd
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Don't blame excess Covid deaths on politicians you don't like.


A General Theory Of Catastrophe — Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Jolly Swagman Podcast
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.

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If You Think We’ve Just Had ‘A Year Like No Other’, You Need A History Lesson

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Irish Times
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Behold the collapse of the long-laid plans of a supposedly advanced democracy as it slithers from complacency into panic. How did this happen? Ferguson has some answers and plenty of context