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 cochairs 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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Judith Miller's "Story": Setting The Record Straight

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

“In the spring of 2002, a year before the invasion of Iraq, I was at the peak of my profession,” Judith Miller writes in the prologue to “The Story: A Reporter's Journey,” her compelling account of her life in journalism.

The False Evidence Against Scooter Libby (condensed version)

by Peter Berkowitz
Monday, April 6, 2015

A key witness says she was led by Patrick Fitzgerald to testify falsely. This puts the case in a whole new light.

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The False Evidence Against Scooter Libby

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, April 6, 2015

A key witness says she was led by Patrick Fitzgerald to testify falsely. This puts the case in a whole new light.

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Bibi Won, But Path Forward Won't Veer Right

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way—at least not according to the pollsters, Israeli progressives, and certain Democrats who offer political advice to the White House.

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"Conservatarians" Welcome Both Cowboys, Community

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, March 8, 2015

As the response to the parade of possible 2016 presidential candidates at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attested, conservatives continue to admire rugged individuals: entrepreneurs, test pilots, and cowboys.

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The Briefing: The Complexities Of Cybersecurity

by Peter Berkowitzvia The Briefing
Monday, February 23, 2015

In June 2013, when he began leaking thousands of classified documents — from among hundreds of thousands that he had stolen — about America's global surveillance programs, Edward Snowden, a former employee of the National Security Agency, confirmed the arrival of the cyber era...

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Why The Left Casts A Blind Eye On Radical Islam

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, February 7, 2015

This week came news that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant burned alive a Jordanian pilot in a metal cage. Thursday morning's National Prayer Breakfast speech represented the first sign that President Obama is prepared to acknowledge a connection between Islam and the violence -- beheadings, mass murders, rape, human slavery, state sponsorship of terrorism, and military conquest -- jihadists are perpetrating in Muhammad’s name.

Whitewashing the Jihadists

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The US government’s spin on Islamist violence—that the perpetrators aren’t Muslims—is both condescending and wrong.

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University's Free Speech Policy Is the Exception, Sadly

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, January 24, 2015

The good news is that on January 6, the University of Chicago published the “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression.” Chaired by law professor Geoffrey R. Stone and consisting of six other professors, the committee forcefully affirmed the centrality to the university’s mission of the principles of free speech. The bad news is that the good news is news at all.

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Tradition--The Beating Heart Of A Democracy

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Conservatives have enjoyed quite a comeback since the winter of 2009. But the inherent tension in the conservative imperative to blend liberty and tradition ensures that their path forward will be anything but certain.