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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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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The 2014 Midterms Don't Mean Anything

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The political media's handicapping of the November 4 midterm election has contributed to the impression, fostered by many partisans and commentators, that the stakes have never been higher. Jonathan Capehart, the liberal Washington Post columnist, says he wants to “warn” Democrats that “President Obama will be impeached if the Democrats lose control of the U.S. Senate.” 

The Putinist Manifesto

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Putin did America a favor: he cleared up any doubt about whether Russia is a constructive partner. (It isn’t.)

Moscow, Russia
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Russia As A Regional Partner

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Friday, May 2, 2014
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Book Review: 'The Road to Global Prosperity' by Michael Mandelbaum

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Some books are as noteworthy for what they represent as for what they say. Such is the case with Michael Mandelbaum's "The Road to Global Prosperity," a concise, insightful and readable stock- taking of the state of globalization roughly five years

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Crimea and Punishment

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Friday, March 21, 2014

It's time for a reset for U.S. policy toward Russia. The original Obama reset has now run its course, and President Vladimir Putin has thoroughly dashed all hope of Russia emerging as a partner of the United States and a constructive contributor to a liberal international order. The armed takeover and annexation of Crimea and the threat of further military incursion into eastern Ukraine have established beyond doubt that the United States needs to approach Russia first and foremost as a security challenge.