Timothy Garton Ash

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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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There is some corner of a Spanish field that is for ever Beckham

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, June 22, 2006

I want England to win the World Cup…

Analysis and Commentary

Remember Asia's Nelson Mandela: a political act of the first importance

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, June 15, 2006

Next Monday is the 61st birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Prize winner…

Analysis and Commentary

Despair turns to fury, but it's not too late to end France's war with itself

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, June 8, 2006

Last Sunday I watched France playing football…

Analysis and Commentary

European trivia quiz

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Well, it depends on what you mean by Europe — and what you mean by a country…

Analysis and Commentary

Montenegro is back on the map, and it need not become Ruritania

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, June 1, 2006

How many countries are there in Europe…

Analysis and Commentary

Like it or not, Europe is paying the transaction costs of diversity

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 25, 2006

To be in Florence is to reflect on Europe's intricate diversity - and its lost creativity…

Analysis and Commentary

Understanding what drives suicide missions could help make us safer

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 18, 2006

Finding out why people blow themselves up is not an attempt to excuse their actions but to work out what to do about it

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2006

We may smile over the Moscow "spy rock" scandal, but no one is laughing in the Kremlin. Timothy Garton Ash explains why Putin has all but declared war on nongovernmental organizations.

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E Pluribus Unum, California Style

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 2003

What Europe can learn from California. By Timothy Garton Ash.

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Vive la France!

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 2003

It is time for Jacques Chirac and Dominique de Villepin to be helped off their high horse. By Timothy Garton Ash.

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