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

Bush has created a comprehensive catastrophe across the Middle East

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, December 14, 2006

What an amazing bloody catastrophe...

Analysis and Commentary

The BBC is worth every penny, but this elephant must tread carefully

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, December 7, 2006

In the next few weeks, the government will decide how much British viewers will pay for the BBC over the next seven years...

Analysis and Commentary

The voters must decide if they want world-class research universities

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sitting with my academic colleagues in the gilded discomfort of Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre earlier this week, discussing the future governance of England's oldest university, I thought of GK Chesterton's remark that tradition is the democracy of the dead...

Analysis and Commentary

There must be plain speaking at the end of the red carpet

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, November 23, 2006

Tony, jagshemash...

Analysis and Commentary

Here are two signs of hope for the world's secret superpower

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, November 16, 2006

You may not realise it, but you are at this moment looking at a weapon more powerful than most in the possession of the US army...

Analysis and Commentary

This marks the beginning of an end - and the end of a beginning

by Timothy Garton Ash with George P. Shultzvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, November 9, 2006

Tuesday November 7 2006 marks the beginning of an end and the end of a beginning...

Analysis and Commentary

Stop calling it the 'war on terror'

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, November 2, 2006

Whether or not a formal post-mortem into the Iraq war is launched by a newly Democrat-controlled Congress after Tuesday's midterm elections, no one doubts that this has been a war, one without end...

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Why Montenegro Matters

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

“Sometimes good fences do eventually make good neighbors.” Timothy Garton Ash on Montenegro’s vote for independence from Serbia.

Analysis and Commentary

If we miss this last chance, then our soldiers will have died in vain

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, October 26, 2006

They died in vain...

Analysis and Commentary

The Right to Deny Genocide

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, October 19, 2006

What a magnificent blow for truth, justice and humanity the French National Assembly has struck…