Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow

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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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ — Political Style

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 18, 2019

Watching the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” on a long-haul flight last week, I was reminded that brinkmanship was the way Freddie Mercury lived his life — not only his bisexual love life, but also his musical life. It was brinkmanship that led to the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a single. The movie casts Mike Myers as a stereotypical record label executive. “What on earth is it about?” Ray Foster rants incredulously. 

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The Fragmentation Of All Things Retail

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Gulf News
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The evolution of retail is well documented. The basic concept has been of customers purchasing their needs from a shop that displays them, or has access to them, perhaps from an off-site warehouse.
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Finance Author And Economic History Buff Niall Ferguson: Bitcoin Is An Option On Digital Gold

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Bitcoin Exchange Guide
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Niall Ferguson, a British Financial Historian, believes that Bitcoin is an Option on Digital Gold. This was said during an interview that was done by Breaker Mag, a magazine about the blockchain.
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British Financial Historian Niall Ferguson Says Bitcoin Is “An Option On Digital Gold”

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Cryptosumer
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Niall Ferguson, British economic and financial historian, believes that Bitcoin (BTC) is “an option on digital gold,” as he said in an interview with a blockchain magazine Breaker Mag on Feb. 13.

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'Illusions' Of Heavy Bank Regulation Obscure Risks, Warns Niall Ferguson

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Australian Financial Review Magazine
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

British historian Niall Ferguson is urging Australia to avoid the mistakes of US and European regulators who sought, in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, to regulate "with great specificity every single aspect of a bank's operation."


Financial Historian Niall Ferguson Dives Into Crypto

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Breaker Mag
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses cryptocurrencies and the future of money.

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Does Technology Favor Tyranny?

quoting Timothy Garton Ash, Michael R. Auslin, Larry Diamond, Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

We at Foreign Affairs have recently published a number of pieces dealing with technology and authoritarianism. To complement these articles, we decided to ask a broad pool of experts for their take.


The Democrats’ Dilemma: Two Parties In One

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, February 11, 2019

Last week I began to understand how the Democrats will lose the 2020 presidential election. The reality is that they are not a single party, but two: one liberal, one socialist. The former can beat Trump — but not if it is associated with the latter.

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The Democrats' Rising Star Is Borrowing Policies From Ned Flanders

quoting Niall Fergusonvia City A.M.
Sunday, February 10, 2019

The historian Niall Ferguson summed up much of the hostile reaction: “This is what you get when you recruit your legislators more or less directly from college.” In American politics, Ocasio-Cortez is energizing a new generation of voters and is proud to call herself a democratic socialist. This label may not be controversial in European democracies but in America it's a bold move


China's Likely Afraid Of Trade War Escalation, Says Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses what to expect from President Trump's trade policy.