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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From Trade War To Tech War To Cold War

by Niall Fergusonvia Strategika
Thursday, March 28, 2019

If you had told me 30 years ago America would be in another Cold War with another communist superpower by 2019, I would not have believed you. If you had told me that, simultaneously, socialism would be the height of fashion with young Americans, I would have directed you to a psychiatrist. But here we are. Three decades ago Francis Fukuyama published his seminal essay “The End of History?”, hailing the victory of liberal capitalism over all its ideological competitors, but especially over communism. The essay he needs to write today is “The Upend of History?”

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Stanford Think Tank Marks Centennial By Exploring 'A Century Of Ideas'

featuring Niall Ferguson, Stephen D. Krasner, Condoleezza Rice, Hoover Institutionvia Palo Alto Online
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

In honor of its centennial anniversary, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on Tuesday launched a yearlong speaker series that will look at how history from the past 100 years can help inform current public policies.

A Century of Ideas: One Hundred Years of Democracy and Foreign Policy

interview with Condoleezza Rice, Stephen D. Krasner, Niall Ferguson, Michael McFaul
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The United States was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and for decades, support for democracy around the world has been a central tenet of American foreign policy. The past century provides many examples of growth in successful democracies balanced with the instability of authoritarian and repressive regimes. This panel discussion will address the changing role of democratic governance in America’s foreign policy over the past century.

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Domestic Issues Of Big Powers Have Global Consequences: Experts

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Straits Times
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The trans-border political whirlwinds of today, including China's militarisation of the South China Sea and its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure push, have been driven primarily by domestic concerns, experts told the Japan Symposium organised by the Milken Institute think-tank yesterday.

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Review: Ben Shapiro’s The Right Side Of History

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Post Millennial
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

What is it that made Western civilization great?

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Niall Ferguson On Brexit And 2020

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says the analogy of Brexit being an expensive divorce has played out, but that it now also feels like a student asking a professor for an extension on their paper. Ferguson notes that he does not think that the future of the European Union is very bright without Britain.

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Bosnia Is Everywhere — Even In Christchurch

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 25, 2019

It is more than a quarter of a century since Bosnia descended into a bloody conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives. Since the massacre of 50 Muslim men, women, and children in Christchurch, New Zealand, I have found myself wondering: Is the world turning into a giant Bosnia?

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Trump’s Chances Of Re-Election Have Gone Up, Says Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the findings of the Mueller report, when he thinks Donald Trump’s presidency will end, and his views on global growth. 

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Niall Ferguson Says British Politics Is 'In Shambles'

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses Brexit negotiations, British politics, and where he thinks the UK is heading.

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Niall Ferguson: Strong Economy Is ‘Real Tailwind’ For Trump And GOP In 2020

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says he thinks a recession in 2019 is unlikely if inflation stays in check, gives his opinion on how the 2020 election will pan out, and talks about how to improve the state of our economy. Ferguson emphasizes the impact new technologies will have on workers and how reforming education could help spur the economy in a better direction.

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