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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China’s Three-Body Problem

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 6, 2020

One of the many things I learned from reading “The Three-Body Problem” is that it’s OK for China to harm the world in order to save it.

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GoodFellows: Still A Free Society?

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Examining the ramifications of the global pandemic.

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Still A Free Society?

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

In the inaugural episode the Hoover GoodFellows have a lively discussion about how much civil liberties can be sacrificed in an emergency, what steps should be taken to prevent the health crisis from becoming an economic and financial crisis, and whether the decoupling of the US-China relationship will accelerate.

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Niall Ferguson: COVID-19 in the Light of History and Network Science

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Hoover Institution Fellow Niall Ferguson provides a briefing on COVID-19 In The Light Of History And Network Science.

Niall Ferguson: COVID-19 in the Light of History and Network Science

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Niall Ferguson: COVID-19 in the Light of History and Network Science.
Recorded: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

Analysis and Commentary

Battling COVID-19

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 30, 2020

Most of East Asia and Europe have taken much more drastic steps to contain COVID-19 than the US has yet taken. And Trump wants to see even those restrictions lifted in a month.

Interviews

Disruption, Money And A World Of Change, Feat. Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CoinDesk Podcast Network
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about our disrupted world, inevitable crisis, and what it could mean for money.

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Paul Tudor Jones Is Making A Mistake By Saying 40K Dead Is Worst-Case Scenario: Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses government responses to the coronavirus's outbreak.

In the News

‘Niall Ferguson’s Networld’ Review: Everything’s Always Been Connected

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, March 23, 2020

Until recently, most casual conversations about current television would arrive at the same conclusion: “There’s just too much! You can’t watch it all!” That diagnosis is now being put to the test. But not only are the sequestered multitudes going to consume more television, they’re likely to digest it differently. And there are few better examples of that than “Niall Ferguson’s Networld.”

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Western Mismanagement Of Coronavirus Means The Elderly Are Targets

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 23, 2020

Many will die, but most of the deaths could have been avoided with better preparation and earlier action.

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