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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Recent Commentary

The Supreme Court

A Poor Guide For Trump's High Court Choices

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, November 28, 2016

To the chagrin of the vast majority of professors of constitutional law, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to appoint judges to the Supreme Court and throughout the federal judiciary who believe that the Constitution’s original meaning provides authoritative guidance in resolving cases and controversies.


Why The Right Splintered But The Left United

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

After the voters elect the 45th president of the United States next week, a portentous question will remain: Why did the Republican nominee’s larger-than-life defects trigger a civil war among conservatives, while progressives—especially elite progressives—fell into line and rallied around a Democratic nominee whose policy blunders, hypocrisy, and proclivity to lie to the American people to cover up cronyism and lawlessness have been amply documented?

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Giving Israel Its Due

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A new book offers a much-needed account of the Jewish state’s many achievements.


Berkeley Harassment Case Sparks Due-Process Lawsuit

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Education
Monday, October 3, 2016

On Sept. 15, University of California, Berkeley law professor and former dean of the law school Sujit Choudhry filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the Northern District of California alleging that the Regents of the University of California violated his constitutional rights to due process and equal protection of the laws.

Analysis and Commentary

A Salutary Thesis Overestimates The Bible, And Underestimates Modern Thought

by Peter Berkowitzvia Mosaic Magazine
Monday, September 26, 2016

The Ten Commandments tell us nothing directly, and little indirectly, about the proper limits of government power. For that we must turn to John Locke.

Related Commentary

The Ripple Effects of An Israeli Preemptive Strike

by Peter Berkowitzvia Strategika
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An Israeli preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities is fraught with immediate and long-term ramifications.

Analysis and Commentary

How The Iran Deal Aids Hezbollah, Imperils Israel

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, September 17, 2016

In April, Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) entered into with the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2015 was “pragmatic and minimalist.”

Analysis and Commentary

Dowd On America's Dangerous Choice

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, September 9, 2016

The 2016 election campaign has proved a trying one for citizens who seek sobriety, integrity, and fidelity to principle in their presidential candidates. The two major party nominees’ glaring deficiencies have provoked cries of despair from many high-minded voters. But that is a luxury the nation can ill afford.

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Berkeley Betrays Due Process Again

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The school’s Kafkaesque response to a sexual harassment allegation has unjustly tarnished a respected professor. 


AP Course Standards Have Fallen Prey To Partisanship

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day weekend marks the return to school and the beginning of the home stretch of the presidential campaign. The connection is typically overlooked.