Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard and a Senior Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Great Degeneration, Civilization, The Ascent of Money, and The War of the World.

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This land is my land: whatever one thinks of Donald Trump, it’s never a bad time to become an American

For a British-born citizenship-seeker, the US president’s behaviour in the UK was cringe-inducing, but no more so than the British government’s handling of Brexit. Plus, the citizenship ceremony, with its diverse crowd, shows why so many seek naturalisation

16 Jul 2018 - 7:53PM

For a British-born citizenship-seeker, the US president’s behaviour in the UK was cringe-inducing, but no more so than the British government’s handling of Brexit. Plus, the citizenship ceremony, with its diverse crowd, shows why so many seek naturalisation

This land is my land: whatever one thinks of Donald Trump, it’s never a bad time to become an American
Trump’s immigration U-turn shows he’s no Hitler, but solving the problem requires more than sympathy for asylum seekers

Neither the US nor the EU can realistically absorb all the migrants who would move there if they could, and a legal solution is required.

26 Jun 2018 - 2:01AM

Neither the US nor the EU can realistically absorb all the migrants who would move there if they could, and a legal solution is required.

Trump’s immigration U-turn shows he’s no Hitler, but solving the problem requires more than sympathy for asylum seekers
Opinion | Immigrant overload, not Brexit, heralds the end of the European Union

Europe is becoming ‘the meltdown pot’ as a steadily increasing stream of immigrants breaks down political unity between EU member states and pushes voters back to national boundaries.

18 Jun 2018 - 5:56PM

Europe is becoming ‘the meltdown pot’ as a steadily increasing stream of immigrants breaks down political unity between EU member states and pushes voters back to national boundaries.

Immigrant overload, not Brexit, heralds the end of the European Union
Want to better understand Donald Trump’s presidency? Read Tom Wolfe

The novels of Tom Wolfe clearly explain the climate that created the president, while the author also understood Trump’s underappreciated political genius.

21 May 2018 - 7:14PM

The novels of Tom Wolfe clearly explain the climate that created the president, while the author also understood Trump’s underappreciated political genius.

Want to better understand Donald Trump’s presidency? Read Tom Wolfe
Trump’s foreign policy wins will be his ticket to re-election success at home

Like Richard Nixon, Donald Trump might capitalise on his foreign policy success to ensure re-election, regardless of his failures on the domestic front.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Like Richard Nixon, Donald Trump might capitalise on his foreign policy success to ensure re-election, regardless of his failures on the domestic front.

Trump’s foreign policy wins will be his ticket to re-election success at home
Big Zucker is watching you: Facebook has realised Orwell’s dystopian vision, and we like it

Facebook has our data, our smartphone track us wherever we go, and Mark Zuckerberg has become filthy rich from that information.

12 Apr 2018 - 8:28AM

Facebook has our data, our smartphone track us wherever we go, and Mark Zuckerberg has become filthy rich from that information.

Big Zucker is watching you: Facebook has realised Orwell’s dystopian vision, and we like it
Donald Trump is breaking all the rules on North Korea and trade, and maybe that’s a good thing

Donald Trump’s bold positions on a summit with Kim Jong-un and tariffs on China have stunned and infuriated the Washington consensus, including Republicans, but may actually pay off.

12 Mar 2018 - 7:02PM

Donald Trump’s bold positions on a summit with Kim Jong-un and tariffs on China have stunned and infuriated the Washington consensus, including Republicans, but may actually pay off.

Donald Trump is breaking all the rules on North Korea and trade, and maybe that’s a good thing
As AI takes us back to a future of mystery, don’t blame ‘the machines’ for stock market volatility

As machines become too sophisticated for human minds to fully comprehend, we could be returning to an age of mystification.

12 Feb 2018 - 6:48PM

As machines become too sophisticated for human minds to fully comprehend, we could be returning to an age of mystification.

As AI takes us back to a future of mystery, don’t blame ‘the machines’ for stock market volatility
Trump makes the Democrats grimace, but maybe the Republicans shouldn’t smirk

Jobs and wages numbers gave Trump and the Republicans good reason to smile at Democratic discontent during the State of the Union address, but the economic fortunes may be soon to run out.

5 Feb 2018 - 7:50PM

Jobs and wages numbers gave Trump and the Republicans good reason to smile at Democratic discontent during the State of the Union address, but the economic fortunes may be soon to run out.

Trump makes the Democrats grimace, but maybe the Republicans shouldn’t smirk
Trump’s fiery first year is not all that unusual. Ask Bill Clinton

The office of the presidency can be inherently infuriating, and US President Donald Trump’s tumultuous start has much in common with Bill Clinton’s dramatic first year in office.

15 Jan 2018 - 9:13PM

The office of the presidency can be inherently infuriating, and US President Donald Trump’s tumultuous start has much in common with Bill Clinton’s dramatic first year in office.

Trump’s fiery first year is not all that unusual. Ask Bill Clinton
The US security strategy falls short, but not for the reasons cited by Trump critics

The outright condemnation of Trump’s security strategy is not surprising, given how polarised the world has become, but its more muscular posture is to be welcomed.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The outright condemnation of Trump’s security strategy is not surprising, given how polarised the world has become, but its more muscular posture is to be welcomed.

The US security strategy falls short, but not for the reasons cited by Trump critics
Three reasons bitcoin fever will rage on, even after this bubble bursts
The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is crazy, but that he is crass

The liberal view that the US president is mentally unstable or incompetent is simply wrong. He is just uncivil, and such behaviour is the norm in this age of declining civility.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The liberal view that the US president is mentally unstable or incompetent is simply wrong. He is just uncivil, and such behaviour is the norm in this age of declining civility.

The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is crazy, but that he is crass
Another global financial crisis is imminent, and here are four reasons why
Westerners extolling all-powerful Xi Jinping are missing three important points
Trump and Weinstein: depraved elites who symbolise a decaying republic
What Facebook, Twitter and Trump are telling us about fake news and a polarised world
Trump’s UN speech and Germany’s election show borders are back
As Trump faces Charlottesville reckoning, Joe Biden shows why America must call out extremists of all shades
Wang Qishan is reading about history’s decisive moments, and so should we

Niall Ferguson says the book of choice of China’s powerful anti-corruption chief will resonate as the hour of reckoning approaches on the Korean missile crisis

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Niall Ferguson says the book of choice of China’s powerful anti-corruption chief will resonate as the hour of reckoning approaches on the Korean missile crisis

Wang Qishan is reading about history’s decisive moments, and so should we
White House comedy distracts America from the age of automation and looming job losses
Trump as JFK? How haters and the media are underestimating the US president on North Korea
Is America right to worry about a rise in political violence?
Why Theresa May and Donald Trump are proof that populism is fool’s gold
With US and North Korea each testing the other’s resolve, is the world hurtling towards war? Not quite
Donald Trump was right to strike the Syrian regime. Now what?
Don’t call Brexit a divorce – it will be much, much worse
How innovative China is beating Facebook, Google and Amazon at their own game
Shades of Nixon: why Trump must tread carefully in the swamp
Why America is in good hands with this generation of generals