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 Have Six Months To Foil Brexit. And Here’s How We Can Do It

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Thursday, March 29, 2018

There’s a crucial vote this autumn. With our politics so unpredictable there’s a real chance to influence undecided MPs.

Analysis and Commentary

The Best Books On Free Speech Recommended By Timothy Garton Ash

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Five Books
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Free speech is the bedrock of a healthy society, but how do we deal with the torrents of horrible comments—and worse—we see on the internet every day? Timothy Garton Ash, author of Free Speech: Ten Principles for A Connected World, outlines a plan for navigating the complexities and recommends the best books to help us think about free speech.

Analysis and Commentary

The Last Thing Germany – And Europe – Needs Is A Grand Coalition

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Friday, February 23, 2018

A deal between Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats sounds appealing. But it would open the door to extremists.

Analysis and Commentary

We Can Stop Brexit. But We’ll Need Some Help From Across The Channel

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Friday, January 5, 2018

Nothing is impossible in modern politics. But if so many Europeans really want Britain to stay in the EU, they need to find their voices now.

Analysis and Commentary

The Case For European Conservatism Above Grand Designs

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Financial Times
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We should work at preserving what we have, rather than dreaming up new projects

Analysis and Commentary

It’s The Kultur, Stupid

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The New York Review of Books
Thursday, December 7, 2017

“The reason we are inundated by culturally alien [kulturfremden] peoples such as Arabs, Sinti and Roma etc. is the systematic destruction of civil society as a possible counterweight to the enemies-of-the-constitution by whom we are ruled. These pigs are nothing other than puppets of the victor powers of the Second World War….”

Analysis and Commentary

Yes, We Can Halt The Rise Of The International Far Right

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian
Friday, November 17, 2017

The ugly nationalist march in Poland is part of an alarming global trend. It is for all of us – not just politicians – to resist it

Analysis and Commentary

Does European Populism Exist?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Social Europe
Friday, October 27, 2017

[Subscription/Registration Required] What is populism? Where does it come from; where is it going? What does it mean for the world’s institutions and what can be done about?


Only Respect For The ‘Left Behind’ Can Turn The Populist Tide

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Thursday, September 28, 2017

It’s not just economic disadvantage that is powering the rise of rightwing nationalism in Europe and the US.

Analysis and Commentary

What The $3 Billion Eurobond Sale Means For Ukraine

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Kyiv Post (Ukraine)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ukraine raised $3 billion in dollar-denominated eurobonds to be repaid in 15 years at 7.375 percent interest annually, the government announced on Sept. 18.