Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. At Hoover, he chairs the Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law and cochaired the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society.

He studies and writes about, among other things, constitutional government, conservatism and progressivism in the United States, liberal education, national security and law, and Middle East politics. He is the author of Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation (Hoover Institution Press, 2013), Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (Hoover Institution Press, 2012), Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995).

He is the editor of The Future of American Intelligence (2005), Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution: Debating the Enemy Combatant Cases (2005), the companion volumes Varieties of Conservatism in America (2004) and Varieties of Progressivism in America (2004), and and Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic (2003), all from the Hoover Institution Press. In 2004, with coeditor Tod Lindberg, he launched Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society, a series of concise works on leading issues and controversies.

He has written hundreds of essays, articles, and reviews on many subjects for a variety of publications, including the American Political Science Review, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Claremont Review of Books, Commentary, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, the London Review of Books, National Review, the New Republic, the New York Post, the New York Sun, PJ Media, Policy Review, the Public Interest, Real Clear Politics, the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Wilson Quarterly, and the Yale Law Journal.

He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University; an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

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Obama And Iran: A Misguided Messianic Mission

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, August 22, 2016

On August 3, Wall Street Journal reporters Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee broke a story suggesting that contrary to longstanding U.S. policy, the Obama administration paid the Islamic Republic of Iran a ransom for the return of Americans held captive.

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The Battle For Religious Liberty Will Be Won On The Field Of Education

by Peter Berkowitzvia Mosaic Magazine
Monday, August 22, 2016

A striking correlation exists between the decay of liberal education and the belief that government should push American citizens toward progressivism.

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Comey Failed To Act In The Public Interest

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, July 16, 2016

On July 5, FBI Director James Comey delivered a prepared statement summarizing the bureau’s yearlong investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her tenure as secretary of state.

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The Perils Of Moral Narcissism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, July 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders’ failed Democratic Party insurgency and Donald Trump’s hostile takeover of the Republican Party reflect a dangerous fissure that has opened between the people and the establishment.

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Conservativism Is Compassionate

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

Why do conservatives believe in free markets and limited government? Because they make life better—especially for those in need. 

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Civics Textbook Wars: Israeli Right Strikes Back

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, June 27, 2016

A few years ago on a lazy Friday afternoon, my friend Ronit Vardi—a veteran journalist and longtime resident of this frenetic city perched between the Mediterranean and the Middle East—looked askance when I told her that I was headed to Jerusalem to teach a seminar on Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

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Rauch's Case That Reform Ruined U.S. Politics

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Regulations often evolve along with technology. When cars first were introduced in certain cities in the early 1900′s, policemen walked in front of them to ensure they didn’t injure anyone or anything. It soon became obvious that that precaution was both unnecessary and unworkable.

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Strassel Nails The Left's "Intimidation" Crusade

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, June 18, 2016

The three-ring circus that is the 2016 presidential campaign features spellbinding performances worthy of the big top’s clowns, hucksters, and high-wire acts. A neglected cost of the Trump-Clinton-Sanders show, however, is the diversion of attention from the Obama administration’s cutting-edge assault on limited, constitutional government.

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Presidential Hopefuls Desert Moderation, Democracy's Glue

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, June 2, 2016

The term “moderation” has an antiquated ring. It is rarely heard these days except to mock those who are afraid to offend and eager to please.

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Reasonable Reforms For A Fractured America

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Donald Trump’s imminent victory in the Republican primary and Bernie Sanders’ staying power in the Democratic race testify to widespread public revulsion with business-as-usual in our nation’s capital.

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