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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An X-rated White House

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 5, 2006

The X-Men have taken over Washington…

Analysis and Commentary

An Imperial Divergence

by Niall Fergusonvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, June 3, 2006

Sir John Elliott concludes this magisterial comparative history of empire in the Americas with a striking counterfactual sketch, imagining a different royal patron for Christopher Columbus and a different fate for the New World: "If [England's] Henry VII had been willing to sponsor Columbus's first voyage," he writes, "and if an expeditionary force of [Englishmen] had conquered Mexico for Henry VIII, it is possible to imagine a ... massive increase in the wealth of the English crown as growing quantities of American silver flowed into the royal coffers; the development of a coherent imperial strategy to exploit the resources of the New World; the creation of an imperial bureaucracy to govern the settler societies and their subjugated populations; the declining influence of parliament in the national life, and the establishment of an absolutist English monarchy financed by the silver of America…

Analysis and Commentary

Quit protesting, profs!

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 29, 2006

It's exam time…

Analysis and Commentary

World markets' wild ride

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, May 22, 2006

I think I have finally caught the Oxford English Dictionary…

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Tomorrow's World War Today

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Great Gulf War of 2007-11? A disquieting glimpse of what the future might hold if we fail to deal with the nuclear threat in Iran. By Niall Ferguson.

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Who Lost Latin America?

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2006

James Monroe must be turning over in his grave. Niall Ferguson explores our strange indifference to events south of the border.

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Too Busy to Worry about Democracy

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

The Chinese are too busy getting rich to worry about democracy. But when China suffers a recession, watch out. By Niall Ferguson.

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Back in the USSR

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 30, 2005

Crowded Internet cafes dot the new urban landscapes of St. Petersburg and Moscow, yet Russians still yearn for the terrible simplicity of the old days. Niall Ferguson explains.

Giving Peace a Chance

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 30, 2005

Can the new century prove an age of peace? Niall Ferguson considers the question by examining conflict in three of the last century’s hot spots: Bosnia, Guatemala, and Cambodia.

Cowboys and Indians

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Want the American troops out of Iraq now? Be careful what you wish for. By Niall Ferguson.

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