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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Federal Reserve
In the News

Is This The Man Shifting The Fed's Stance?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Financial Review
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Is new US Federal Reserve vice-chairman Richard Clarida a key factor in the central bank’s remarkable about-face of recent months?

In the News

Wars, Not Brexit, Destroyed Britain’s Global Power

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The National Interest
Thursday, March 21, 2019

The lesson to learn from the British Empire is unambiguous: unless the United States is attacked, Washington should avoid direct involvement in continental wars.

Interviews

Niall Ferguson On The Lars Larson National Podcast (54:04)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Lars Larson National Podcast
Monday, March 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses whether humanity should look at the past to solve the problems of the present.

Analysis and Commentary

Americans Don’t Believe In Meritocracy — They Believe In Fake-It-Ocracy

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 18, 2019

Americans believe in meritocracy in principle. Polls show that significant majorities — between 67 percent and 70 percent since Gallup began asking the question in 2003 — believe that, when it comes to university admissions, “applicants should be admitted solely on the basis of merit.”

Interviews

Niall Ferguson: Brexit Has Turned Into A Student Asking For A Paper Extension

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says the analogy of Brexit being an expensive divorce has played out, but now it feels like a student asking a professor for an extension on a paper.

Interviews

Niall Ferguson: Fed Has Moved In The Direction Of A Make Up Strategy, Says Expert

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses risks to the global economy and why investors should be paying attention to central banks.
In the News

A Choice Between Economic Or Political Hell

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Australian Financial Review Magazine
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Britain's Parliament will neither approve Theresa May's deal nor likely agree to leaving without a deal. But unless they decide on something, like extending the deadline, the UK will crash out of the European Union by default on March 29.

Interviews

Conversations: Featuring Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia John Anderson
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses President Trump, Brexit, immigration, populism, socialism, and the rise of China.

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Cold War II

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 11, 2019

If you’d told me this time 30 years ago that the United States would be in another cold war with another communist superpower by 2019, I wouldn’t 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.

In the News

Niall Ferguson: This Is What Happens If China Wins The New Cold War

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Financial Review
Friday, March 8, 2019

The winter of a new cold war is coming between the US and China, renowned Hoover Institution and Harvard historian Niall Ferguson warned The Australian Financial Review Business Summit this week.

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