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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The Economic Legacy Of A Coronavirus Lockdown

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 20, 2020

The fallout from our disastrous COVID-19 policy could tip us into the worst depression since the 1930s.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the recovery in the environment of risk and uncertainty.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his Boston Globe article "The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic."

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GoodFellows: A Return to Normalcy?

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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The question on everyone’s mind: when will society revert to its pre-coronavirus existence, and is such a restoration remotely possible?
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A Return To Normalcy?

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The question on everyone’s mind: when will society revert to its pre-coronavirus existence, and is such a restoration remotely possible? Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H. R. McMaster reflect on the various factors—economic policies, governments restoring civil liberties, nations working in tandem, the search for a COVID-19 vaccine—that will lead to the “new normal.”

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The Economic Consequences Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 13, 2020

The coming year will be a time of depression in the psychological as well as the economic sense.

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Niall Ferguson: Let’s Zoom Xi. He Has Questions To Answer

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Globe and Mail
Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his Boston Globe article "China’s three-body problem."

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GoodFellows: Rue Britannia?

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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Examining the ramifications of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rue Britannia?

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In this episode of GoodFellows, a Hoover Institution weekly broadcast examining the ramifications of the global COVID-19 pandemic, senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H. R. McMaster exchange their thoughts on why governments fail to anticipate crises, British and European leadership in flux, and the right approach for re-engaging with China.

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Niall Ferguson: How Viruses (And Fake News Stories) Spread, And How America Screwed Up Its Coronavirus Response

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Recode Decode
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses why it's important to understand networks, and how they can become the sources of revolutions; the economic implications of misinformation about coronavirus, which has been exacerbated by lax tech regulation; and why it's dangerous to invite Silicon Valley to track private individuals even more closely. 

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