Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash



  • The Future of the Triangle (G3) – EU, USA
    and China
  • Freedom of Speech in the Age of the Internet – Lessons Learned from Wikileaks
  • Is Multiculturalism Dead?
  • History of the Present

What he offers

One of Britain’s most influential and admired commentators, Timothy offers audiences his expert views on exactly why the United States can never rule the world on its own, why the new, enlarged Europe can only realise its aspirations in a larger, transatlantic community and why the conflicts in the Middle East and the rise of Asia can only be addressed by a wider community of democracies. Sweeping historical insight related in his own conversational style, help his incisive commentary on world affairs stand apart from its competitors.

How he presents

A compelling and enlightening speaker, few historians match Timothy Garton Ash for his combination of clarity and reportorial brilliance. His superlative presentations defy conventional wisdom and challenge contemporary thinking.

Professor Timothy Garton Ash is an internationally acclaimed historian, commentator and best-selling author. He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and he writes a weekly column in the Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He also contributes to the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

In 1986-87 he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. Since 1990, he has been a Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he directed the European Studies Centre from 2001 to 2006. Since 2010, he has directed the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom, based at St Antony’s. A frequent lecturer, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and a Corresponding Fellow of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. He has honorary doctorates from St Andrew’s University, Sheffield Hallam University and the Catholic University of Leuven.


  • Facts are Subversive (2009)
  • Free World (2004)
  • History of the Present (2000)
  • The File: A Personal History (1997)
  • In Europe’s Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993)


  • David Watt Memorial Prize
  • Premio Napoli
  • Imre Nagy Memorial Plaque
  • Hoffmann von Fallersleben Prize for political writing
  • Order of Merit from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic
  • British CMG
  • In 2006, he was awarded the George Orwell Prize for political writing
  • In 2005, he featured in a list of 100 top global public intellectuals chosen by the journals Prospect and Foreign Policy, and in Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people
  • Commentator of the Year in the ‘What the Papers Say’ Annual Awards for 1989

Presentation Languages: English, German, Polish

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