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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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.