Tod Lindberg

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Tod Lindberg is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He writes widely on U.S. foreign policy and national security, as well as on American politics and philosophical topics. His main policy focus in recent years has been on improving international cooperation for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.

Lindberg is the author of The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern (Encounter Books, 2015), a philosophical investigation of changing ideas about heroism and its connection to political order and change, and The Political Teachings of Jesus, a philosophical study of Jesus’s Gospel teaching about worldly affairs (HarperCollins, 2007; paperback edition, HarperOne, 2008). He is co-author with Lee Feinstein of Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court (Brookings Press, 2009). He is the editor of Beyond Paradise and Power: Europe, America and the Future of a Troubled Partnership (Routledge, 2005) and co-editor with Derek Chollet and David Shorr of Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide (Routledge, 2007).

He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and has written for scholarly and  popular publications from Telos and the Review of Metaphysics to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He is adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a graduate course on ethics and decision-making in international politics.

He established Hoover’s Washington, D.C. office in 2001 and remains based primarily there. From 1999 until 2013, he was editor of Policy Review. Previously, he served in senior editorial positions at the Washington Times and was the founding executive editor of the National Interest and an editor at the Public Interest.

More recently, Lindberg served as lead of the expert group on international norms and institutions of the 2008 Genocide Prevention Task Force convened by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen. He also served as coordinator for the task group on Preventing and Responding to Genocide and Major Human Rights Abuses for the United States Institute of Peace’s 2005 Task Force on the United Nations (the Gingrich-Mitchell task force). He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Working Group on Crimes against Humanity. He is currently working with his long-time collaborator Lee Feinstein on a major report for the Holocaust Museum on transatlantic cooperation on atrocity prevention.

Lindberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Council of the Stanley Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Council Survey.

He studied political philosophy at the University of Chicago with Allan Bloom and Saul Bellow, among others. He and his wife Tina live in Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto, California. They have two grown daughters.

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Recent Commentary


Report: Allies Against Atrocities: The Imperative For Transatlantic Cooperation To Prevent And Stop Mass Killings

by Tod Lindbergvia Lawfare
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This month marks the release of “Allies Against Atrocities: The Imperative For Transatlantic Cooperation To Prevent And Stop Mass Killings,” a report that I co-wrote with Lee Feinstein, dean of Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies and former US Ambassador to Poland, through the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and the Stanley Foundation.


The Enlightenment’s Losers Are All Around Us

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 24, 2017

Pankaj Mishra’s “Age of Anger: A History of the Present” is a searing attack on the assumption that modernity is synonymous with progress.

Analysis and Commentary

His Reelection Plan

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, December 5, 2016

Things Trump is likely to succeed at.


What Is The Driving Force In American Political History?

by Tod Lindbergvia National Interest
Saturday, October 22, 2016

If partisan politics and egalitarian enthusiasm constituted a hitherto “hidden” element of the “history of American politics,” it will come as news to anyone who has read any American history.

Analysis and Commentary

The Apology Of Patroclus

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I am not his pet. I come when he calls and do as he commands, True. Yet so does everyone.

Analysis and Commentary

Who's The Greatest?

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, September 12, 2016

An exceptional election about exceptionalism.


Taking Trump Seriously On NATO

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary
Friday, April 15, 2016

He has policies, or suggestions of policies. What would happen if they were put into practice?

Analysis and Commentary

How Culture Beat Religion

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Evangelicals reject the feminist label, yet they support feminist principles like equal pay for equal work and political equality.

Analysis and Commentary

How Many Imaginary Female Draftees Can Dance On The Head Of A Grenade Pin?

by Tod Lindbergvia USA Today
Friday, February 12, 2016

We should respect our military heroes by recognizing that their fighting courage is extraordinary.

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The Heroic Heart

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Heroes still walk among us, but no longer must they kill to win glory. Instead the hero for our time is a healer.