Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of WarThe House of RothschildEmpireCivilization, and Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist, which 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. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York–based advisory firm; a cofounding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company; and a trustee of both the New-York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the United States in 2018 and was a New York Times best seller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. His next book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, will be published in May 2021.

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Schmidt Happens

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Eric Schmidtvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

A brighter future of better education and scientific breakthroughs? Or a dystopian future of technology-driven chaos? Eric Schmidt, former Google chairman and CEO and coauthor of the newly released The Age Of AI: And Our Human Future, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss where artificial intelligence is leading mankind and the AI competition between the US and China, plus the feasibility of the “metaverse” and the nexus between work and longevity.

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Niall Ferguson: Universalizing The Life Of The Mind

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Pull Request
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the role of higher education in history and American elite politics.

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Omicron Sounds The Death Knell For Globalization 2.0

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, December 5, 2021

On top of an intensifying cold war between the U.S. and China and other seismic changes, the rapid spread of Covid-19’s newest variant could finish off our most recent phase of global integration.

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The American College Crack-Up – With Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Call Me Back
Saturday, December 4, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses higher education and what he is doing to bring freedom including freedom of speech, freedom to be curious, and freedom to question everything back to the college experience with University of Austin.

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Niall Ferguson On The Gods Of History (Part 1)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Pull Request
Friday, December 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses why we're always preparing for the wrong catastrophe, the difference between Jews and the Scots, and what's his deal with Fukuyama.

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GoodFellows: The Glenn Show

interview with Glenn Loury, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

This week, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of economics at Brown University Glenn Loury joins the GoodFellows to discuss the Rittenhouse verdict and the controversies about race, the media, and guns that arose from the trial and the coverage of the verdict.

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The Glenn Show

interview with Glenn Loury, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

This week, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of economics at Brown University Glenn Loury joins the GoodFellows to discuss the Rittenhouse verdict and the controversies about race, the media, and guns that arose from the trial and the coverage of the verdict.

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University Of Austin Is Focused On Free Speech: Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Monday, November 29, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses free speech on college campuses and why he is part of a group creating University of Austin, to address censorship and encourage the freedom to explore, research, and dream.

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Lessons For The 2020s – With Historian Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Call Me Back
Friday, November 26, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses applied history’s lessons of the 1920s and the 1970s…for the 2020s.

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Niall Ferguson (Still) Giving Thanks

interview with Niall Ferguson, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Why Americans should be giving thanks this holiday season.

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