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

We must stop Bush bombing Iran, and stop Iran getting the bomb

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

We should not bomb Iran to prevent Iran getting the bomb...

Analysis and Commentary

Europe's true stories

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Prospect Magazine (UK)
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Europe has lost the plot...

Analysis and Commentary

The demagogic cliches of right and left can only make things worse

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

Beyond boo-words like multiculturalism, the reality is that young British Muslims are deeply alienated...

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Forced Laughter

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

What's so funny about Kazakhstan? Ribald comedies like Borat aside, not much. Tales of a “hugely corrupt dictatorship.” By Timothy Garton Ash.

Analysis and Commentary

Davos 07: how power has shifted

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, January 25, 2007

If you want to see the world as a whole, the best view is from the moon...

Analysis and Commentary

A blanket ban on Holocaust denial would be a serious mistake

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, January 18, 2007

The German justice minister has proposed that all EU states should criminalise Holocaust denial and ban the public display of Nazi insignia, as Germany itself does...

Analysis and Commentary

The tale of the archbishop and the spies has lessons for us all

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, January 11, 2007

In recent years, the rightwing Catholic twins who run Poland have advanced two articles of political faith: first, that the strength and moral integrity of the Polish nation is built upon the rock of the Polish Catholic church; and, second, that the weakness and corruption of Polish public life results from the failure to cleanse it of former collaborators with the communist regime...

Analysis and Commentary

Today's European Union is 27 states in search of a story

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, January 4, 2007

On New Year's Day, the silent empire expanded again...

Analysis and Commentary

Reality strikes back, but let's not have too much realism

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, December 28, 2006

In world politics, 2007 may be the year of realism...

Analysis and Commentary

It is possible to respect the believers but not the belief

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, December 21, 2006

Last weekend I went and sang a lot of words that I don't believe...