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 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.
Analysis and Commentary

Achilles And Patroclus: Archetypal Heroes

by Tod Lindbergquoting Kori Schakevia War on the Rocks
Thursday, December 10, 2015

My dear friend Kori Schake has written a wonderful article at War on the Rocks in praise (mostly) of my new book, The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern. The book takes up the subject of how ideas about heroism changed over the millennia and what this tells us about ourselves.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Heroes, Ourselves

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, November 16, 2015

A revealing evolution in our highest military honor.

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The New Heroic Ideal

by Tod Lindbergvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Glory in war comes not from fiercely slaying the enemy on the battlefield, but from saving the lives of others.

Analysis and Commentary

Ben Carson Was Right. We Could Use More Heroes: Column

by Tod Lindbergvia USA Today
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

None of us knows how we will act in the face of danger, but celebrating stories of heroism may inspire unexpected courage.

In the News

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.