Timothy Garton Ash

Senior Fellow

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

A sick France means a sick Europe - and that must be bad for Britain

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, April 19, 2007

Just as Blair is leaving the stage, a kind of Blairism could prevail across the channel...

Analysis and Commentary

Europe's shape must not be dictated by unelected newspaper proprietors

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, April 5, 2007

A new treaty and a fresh understanding of its relationship to the rest of the world will render the EU fit for purpose again...

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The Bishop Wore Red

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Poles are struggling with the news that even the church contained communist informers. By Timothy Garton Ash.

Analysis and Commentary

Faced with Iranian blackmail, Europe must show real solidarity

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, March 29, 2007

Last week, while the European Union celebrated 50 years of peace, freedom and solidarity, 15 Europeans were kidnapped from Iraqi territorial waters by Iranian Revolutionary Guards...

Analysis and Commentary

Europe needs a bold new story - and to invent new ways to tell it

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, March 22, 2007

If Europe were a person, he'd send her to a psychologist...

Analysis and Commentary

We are making a fatal mistake by ignoring the dissidents within Islam

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, March 15, 2007

Are there credible versions of Islam that are compatible with liberal democracy as it has developed in the west?

Analysis and Commentary

The brotherhood is gathering outside the pharaoh's palace

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, March 8, 2007

In front of the towering golden sandstone entrance to the temple of Edfu stands an imposing granite statue of a falcon, some 12ft tall, representing Horus, a premier league Egyptian god...

Analysis and Commentary

Condi's rock'n'roll approach has been and gone. Let's try Benita's slow waltz

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, March 1, 2007

In Egypt the US has retreated from its push for democracy in the Arab world. Europe should step into the breach...

Analysis and Commentary

Will capitalism fall victim to its own success?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, February 22, 2007

Karl Marx's solutions haven't worked, but he was right about the global reach and potential unsustainability of capitalism...

Analysis and Commentary

Why Kosovo should become the 33rd member - and Serbia the 34th

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, February 15, 2007

After going through hell, the former Serbian province is in limbo...