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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The Heroes Hidden Among Us

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, October 5, 2015

Nothing can redeem the harrowing massacre that unfolded last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

Analysis and Commentary

Syria's Homeric Struggle

by Tod Lindbergvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, October 3, 2015

In far too much of the world today, conflict consists of the same kind of heroic struggle at arms that Homer depicted 2,800 years ago in the Iliad, modified only by the longer-range lethality of modern weaponry.

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Analysis and Commentary

Arresting Atrocity

by Lee Feinstein, Tod Lindbergvia Foreign Affairs
Friday, September 11, 2015

Obama's Agenda to Prevent Genocide.


Heroism Is More Saving Than Slaying

by Tod Lindbergvia USA Today
Thursday, September 10, 2015

From firefighters to U.S. combat troops, modern bravery doesn't conquer; it protects.


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.

Complexities of CybersecurityAnalysis and Commentary

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.