Tod Lindberg

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Tod Lindberg is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, based in Hoover’s Washington, DC, office. His areas of research are political theory, international relations, national security policy, and US politics.

Lindberg is currently completing a study of heroism in the ancient and modern world that will be published by Encounter Books. He is the author of The Political Teachings of Jesus (HarperCollins, 2007), a philosophical analysis of Jesus' gospel statements about worldly affairs. He is coauthor (with Lee Feinstein) of Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court (Brookings Press, 2009). He is editor of Beyond Paradise and Power: Europe, America, and the Future of a Troubled Partnership (Routledge, 2004). He is coeditor (with Derek Chollet and David Shorr) of Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide (Routledge, 2007).

Lindberg is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the School of Foreign Service. From 1999 until it ceased publication in 2013, he was editor of the bimonthly journal Policy Review.

In 2007–8, Lindberg served as head of the expert group on international norms and institutions of the Genocide Prevention Task Force, a joint project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. In 2005, Lindberg was the coordinator for the group Preventing and Responding to Genocide and Major Human Rights Abuses for the United States Institute of Peace's Task Force on the United Nations. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Princeton Project on National Security, for which he served as cochair of the working group on anti-Americanism. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

An archive of his writing is available at

Lindberg is a 1982 honors graduate in political science of the College of the University of Chicago, where he studied political philosophy with Allan Bloom and Saul Bellow, among others.

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Defining Heroism Up Once Again

by Tod Lindbergvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, August 24, 2015

Aboard a train to Paris, suddenly leaping into action and risking death to save the lives of countless others.

Analysis and Commentary

The Liberals Won The War

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Conservatives were correct in perceiving a broad attack on traditional values—but their defense of those values has been a failure.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Answer To ‘Hybrid Warfare’

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Friday, May 8, 2015

Call it “hybrid war,” “unconventional conflict,” “political warfare,” or “little green men.” The sense is not only that Russia is now unwilling to abide by such twenty-first-century principles as “no changing borders by force,” but that Putin has developed sophisticated new methods of asserting power unconstrained by conventional notions of warfare and even the law of armed conflict between states.

Analysis and Commentary

Japan’s Tense Neighborhood

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Friday, March 27, 2015

China talks about a ‘peaceful rise,’ even as it probes for weakness.

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Analysis and Commentary

Finding A Place For Atrocity Prevention Amid New Security Challenges

by Tod Lindberg, Lee Feinsteinvia United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Monday, March 23, 2015

When we recently set out for meetings in London, Berlin and Brussels on improving transatlantic links on atrocity prevention, foremost in our minds was concern about the dramatic return over the past 18 months of first-tier international security challenges. The rise of ISIS against the backdrop of civil war and humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, the new adventurism of the Russia of Vladimir Putin, and the daunting challenge of the Iranian nuclear program combine to take up a lot of space in the in-boxes of senior policymakers in North America and Europe.

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Snowden And The Opposite Of Blowback

by Tod Lindbergvia The Briefing
Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Washington Post carried a truly revelatory story by Greg Miller in its December 29 editions, although the story perhaps failed to generate as much attention as it should have. Some of the neglect may have been a product of its publication between Christmas and New Year’s, but a larger share is surely attributable to the inconvenience of its content.

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Book Review: Hypocrysy Rules

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As ‘rights’ proliferate, they can conflict. Is it better to dedicate resources to girls’ education or preventing police from torturing prisoners?

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's Health-Care Legacy Will Survive Even If The Supreme Court Guts Obamacare

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Thursday, November 13, 2014

The first time the Supreme Court took a case on Obamacare, most supporters of the law responded with derision. Who could take seriously the argument that the “individual mandate” was unconstitutional?

In the News

Review: Big Sticks

by Tod Lindbergvia Columbia Magazine
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Lyndon Johnson assumed the presidency in 1963 after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, his top priority was the large-scale program of domestic-policy reform that he would call the Great Society. As his term progressed, however, he found his attention and that of his advisers increasingly commanded by the war in Vietnam.

Analysis and Commentary

Maybe the Center Can Hold

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, October 13, 2014

There seems little doubt that 2014 will go down as a truly horrible year for American foreign policy.