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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It’s Racial Indoctrination Day At An Upscale Chicagoland School

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 17, 2017

As administrators foist ‘social justice’ on 4,000 suburban students, parents plead for balance.

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Trump's Rise, Elites' Fall, Rot At The Top In Higher Ed

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, February 10, 2017

President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order prohibiting nationals from seven countries roiled by jihadism from entering the United States for three months—and the administration’s bungled roll-out of the order—reminded foreign policy elites in both parties why they feared and loathed Trump. As if they needed a reminder. 

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How State Lawmakers Can Restore Freedom On Campus

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, January 30, 2017

Use the power of the purse to abolish speech codes—making public colleges into a model for private ones.

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Trump Can Help Debunk Alleged College "Rape Culture"

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Due process protections for the accused in campus cases alleging sexual assault have been under attack for decades.

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Trump's GOP: Perched Between Risk And Opportunity

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Republicans have rarely had it so good or found themselves so politically vulnerable.

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In Trump Era, A Chance To Reboot Conservatism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, January 22, 2017

By his flamboyance, crudity, and eclectic priorities as well as by his explicit statements, President Donald Trump has made it clear that the Republican Party is not identical to conservatism. That has always been true of the modern GOP dominated by Ronald Reagan’s long shadow. But the 2016 divergence was of unprecedented proportions.

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A Defense of Obama That Cherry-Picks The Facts

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In his farewell address last week, President Obama contended that his administration had accomplished more than one could have reasonably expected. But Donald Trump’s election threatens the legacy of the president who aspired to be transformative in the manner of Ronald Reagan.

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Weaponized International Law

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, January 7, 2017

If international law is law in the ordinary sense of the term—and not moral posturing, political maneuvering, or personal payback—then it must comprise settled and public requirements, effective and even-handed implementation, and impartial resolution of disputes.

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Teaching The Tradition Of Freedom To Israel's Ultra-Orthodox

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Last week, I taught an intensive two-day seminar in Jerusalem on the tradition of modern freedom to male haredi (“God fearing” in Hebrew) or ultra-Orthodox, Jews.

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Can Trump And Constitutional Conservatism Coexist?

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, December 11, 2016

The idea of a “constitutional conservatism” is back in the news. It came into vogue on the right in response to the pursuit by President Obama—after his victory in the 2008 presidential election and the Democrats’ sweep of both houses of Congress—of ambitious progressive policies.

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