Timothy Garton Ash

Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Timothy Garton Ash, an internationally acclaimed contemporary historian whose work has focused on Europe’s history since 1945, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Garton Ash is in residence at Hoover on a part-time basis; he continues his work as professor of European studies and the Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

Among the topics he has covered are the liberation of Central Europe from communism, Germany before and after its reunification, how countries deal with a difficult past, and the European Union’s relationships with partners including the United States and rising non-Western powers such as China. His current research focuses on global free speech in the age of the Internet and mass migration (see the 13-language interactive Oxford University project www.freespeechdebate.com).

His most recent book is Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World (2016), and he edited Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-Violent Action from Gandhi to the Present (2009). His previous books include Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name (2010); Free World: America, Europe and the Surprising Future of the West (2004); The File: A Personal History (1998); In Europe's Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993); The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of 1989 as Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague (1990); The Polish Revolution: Solidarity, 1980–82 (1983); and Und Willst Du Nicht Mein Brüder Sein.

Garton Ash is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Society of Arts and has received numerous honors and awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the George Orwell Prize, the Order of Merit from Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and honorary doctorates from St. Andrew's University and the Catholic University of Leuven.

He writes a regular column in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Garton Ash, who holds a BA and MA in modern history from the University of Oxford, did graduate studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford, at the Free University in West Berlin, and at Humboldt University in East Berlin.

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Analysis and Commentary

Unless Europe gets its act together, the world will continue to ignore it

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, June 21, 2007

It's delightfully easy to follow the development of the European Union through the American media...

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Weaving a New Identity

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

At 50, Europe is not one story, but many. By Timothy Garton Ash.

Analysis and Commentary

Faced with the tragedy of Iraq, the US must rethink its whole foreign policy

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, June 14, 2007

You think you've reached bottom, then you hear knocking from underneath...

Analysis and Commentary

There's one thing the US presidential contenders all have in common: God

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, June 7, 2007

With 17 months to go, the 2008 race is already well under way, and the first signs are of a resentful, defensive America...

Analysis and Commentary

Fortress America's gatekeepers need to remember: first impressions count

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 31, 2007

The US tightening of entry requirements is understandable, but it must not be at the cost of its welcoming reputation...

Analysis and Commentary

Poland has made a humiliating farce out of dealing with its red ghosts

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 24, 2007

From Northern Ireland to Rwanda, and from Kosovo to East Timor, people face the problem of how to deal with a difficult past...

Analysis and Commentary

It's the trial of the year: the national interest v Murdoch and Dacre

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 17, 2007

The trial of the year is about to begin - the national interest versus Rupert Murdoch and Paul Dacre...

Analysis and Commentary

Brown must learn the lessons from Blair's three big mistakes

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 10, 2007

All political careers end in failure, but it is not always the same failure...

Analysis and Commentary

Independence for Scotland would not be good for England

by Timothy Garton Ash with Niall Fergusonvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 3, 2007

As an Englishman, I've been trying to work out what I think about Scottish independence...

Analysis and Commentary

Like it or loathe it, after 10 years Blair knows exactly what he stands for

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sitting in the Downing Street garden, I ask him what is the essence of Blairism in foreign policy. 'Liberal interventionism...'

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