Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow

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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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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An Assault On Due Process At UC Berkeley

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On April 22, University of California Berkeley law professor Sujit Choudhry filed an 11-page single-spaced grievance with the 10-member UC Berkeley Privilege and Tenure Committee. 


Our Polarized Politics Are Tied To Flaws In Education

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, May 6, 2016

The debasement of liberal education is a little-discussed but long-standing cause of the much-discussed polarization of our politics.

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Europe Stumbles

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

Europeans have failed to cherish, and now to defend, the nation-state system. Americans must pay heed.


Double Jeopardy At The University Of California

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Most Americans understand that individuals who have been subject to an authorized disciplinary procedure and have accepted their prescribed punishment shouldn’t be investigated and punished a second time for the same offense. 


A Moderate Game Plan For The GOP

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, April 8, 2016

Donald Trump’s candidacy has ignited a civil war within the Republican Party and the larger conservative movement. The struggle not only pits the grassroots against the so-called establishment, but has spurred members of the establishment to take pot shots at one another. 


Foreign Policy Fueled By Fantasy

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

In an extensive interview with Barack Obama in the April issue of The Atlantic, journalist Jeffrey Goldberg recounts a rebuke that the president delivered to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader had been explaining “the dangers of the brutal region in which he lives,” when Obama cut in.


What Was Wrong With The Old Zionism?

by Peter Berkowitzvia Mosaic Magazine
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A new theory of Jewish nationalism promises to be more liberal than the old one. But it profoundly misunderstands Zionism—and liberalism.


Israel's "Sorrow Of The Left"

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Those on the left of Israeli politics increasingly express fears that the liberal and democratic country that their spiritual forebears built is slipping from their hands.


Require Western Civ Courses -- And End College Dark Ages

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This week The Stanford Review—an independent undergraduate political magazine that seeks “to promote debate about campus and national issues that are otherwise not represented by traditional publications”—issued a bold manifesto aimed at advancing liberal education on campus and nationally.