Tod Lindberg

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Tod Lindberg is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, based in Hoover’s Washington, DC, office. His areas of research are political theory, international relations, national security policy, and US politics.

Lindberg is currently completing a study of heroism in the ancient and modern world that will be published by Encounter Books. He is the author of The Political Teachings of Jesus (HarperCollins, 2007), a philosophical analysis of Jesus' gospel statements about worldly affairs. He is coauthor (with Lee Feinstein) of Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court (Brookings Press, 2009). He is editor of Beyond Paradise and Power: Europe, America, and the Future of a Troubled Partnership (Routledge, 2004). He is coeditor (with Derek Chollet and David Shorr) of Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide (Routledge, 2007).

Lindberg is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the School of Foreign Service. From 1999 until it ceased publication in 2013, he was editor of the bimonthly journal Policy Review.

In 2007–8, Lindberg served as head of the expert group on international norms and institutions of the Genocide Prevention Task Force, a joint project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. In 2005, Lindberg was the coordinator for the group Preventing and Responding to Genocide and Major Human Rights Abuses for the United States Institute of Peace's Task Force on the United Nations. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Princeton Project on National Security, for which he served as cochair of the working group on anti-Americanism. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

An archive of his writing is available at

Lindberg is a 1982 honors graduate in political science of the College of the University of Chicago, where he studied political philosophy with Allan Bloom and Saul Bellow, among others.

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The 2014 Midterms Don't Mean Anything

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The political media's handicapping of the November 4 midterm election has contributed to the impression, fostered by many partisans and commentators, that the stakes have never been higher. Jonathan Capehart, the liberal Washington Post columnist, says he wants to “warn” Democrats that “President Obama will be impeached if the Democrats lose control of the U.S. Senate.” 

The Putinist Manifesto

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Putin did America a favor: he cleared up any doubt about whether Russia is a constructive partner. (It isn’t.)

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Russia As A Regional Partner

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Friday, May 2, 2014
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Book Review: 'The Road to Global Prosperity' by Michael Mandelbaum

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Some books are as noteworthy for what they represent as for what they say. Such is the case with Michael Mandelbaum's "The Road to Global Prosperity," a concise, insightful and readable stock- taking of the state of globalization roughly five years

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Crimea and Punishment

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Friday, March 21, 2014

It's time for a reset for U.S. policy toward Russia. The original Obama reset has now run its course, and President Vladimir Putin has thoroughly dashed all hope of Russia emerging as a partner of the United States and a constructive contributor to a liberal international order. The armed takeover and annexation of Crimea and the threat of further military incursion into eastern Ukraine have established beyond doubt that the United States needs to approach Russia first and foremost as a security challenge.

Privacy, Security, and the National Security Agency (NSA)
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The Mail of Others

by Tod Lindbergvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How big a deal is the revelation of widespread National Security Agency data mining operations directed at our European allies, or the NSA listening in on the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

Return of the Bear

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Russia is back in the Middle East. How did we let this happen?

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Making Sense of the “International Community”

by Tod Lindbergvia Council on Foreign Relations
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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For Republicans, the Decline of Social Mobility is a Crisis

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The GOP is finally facing the issue of inequality in America. But why?

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Unhappy Allies: Obama Annoys Europe

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Apparently relations between the United States and Europe are actually maturing. How else to account for the singular absence of transatlantic crisis-mongering over the many, many ways in which the Obama administration has annoyed our allies in Europe?