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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Niall Ferguson: The Square, The Tower And The Virus: COVID-19 In History And Network Science

interview with Niall Fergusonvia ThinkFest Pakistan
Friday, June 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the history of pandemics, the geopolitics of Covid 19,  US elections, the future of the market economy, and questions about globalization and de-globalization, as well as Niall Fergusons's book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.

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ECFR Quarantimes #9 - With Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia European Council on Foreign Relations
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his latest paper "Black Swans, Dragon Kings and Gray Rhinos", and explains what the First World War and the outbreak of COVID-19 have in common.

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GoodFellows: The Politics Of A Pandemic

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Francis Fukuyamavia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Our guest this week is Francis Fukuyama, the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His new article in Foreign Affairs, "The Pandemic and Political Order” provides the topic for this edition of GoodFellows.

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Niall Ferguson And Maya Jasanoff: Lessons From History

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Jaipur Literature Festival
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the history of pandemics and shares his perspectives on one of the most pressing questions of our time.

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The Politics Of A Pandemic

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Francis Fukuyamavia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Our guest this week is Francis Fukuyama, the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His new article in Foreign Affairs, "The Pandemic and Political Order” provides the topic for this edition of Good Fellows. The piece poses a slew of intriguing questions and issues that the Good Fellows opine on: What will the post-COVID pandemic world will look like? How will the global economy recover? Does the pandemic mark the end of Reaganism and Chicago School free market economics? If so, what comes next?

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Niall Ferguson On Trump, Viral Disinformation & Coronavirus

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Free Speech TV
Monday, June 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses coronavirus disinformation, lockdowns, media coverage, network effects and much more.

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The Education Exchange: How America Responded To The Pandemic Of 1957-58: “Almost The Exact Opposite Of What We See Today”

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 15, 2020

A senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Niall Ferguson, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the 1957-58 flu pandemic, how governments reacted to its outbreak and how it compares to the response to the Covid-19.

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Turkey’s Behavior Also An EU Problem, Greek PM Says

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Ekathimerini
Friday, June 12, 2020

The difficulties in Greece’s relations with Turkey are also a problem for the European Union, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Thursday as he repeated criticism of Ankara’s maritime boundaries agreement with the Tripoli-based government in Libya.

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Niall Ferguson - Delphi Economic Forum Online

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Delphi Economic Forum
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the state of the world.

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2020 Is Not 1968. It May Be Worse.

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, June 7, 2020

Social unrest helped doom Lyndon Johnson's presidency. It may end up saving Trump's.

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