Peter Berkowitz Appointed Director of the US Department of State Policy Planning Staff

Friday, January 10, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Peter Berkowitz October Retreat 2017

Peter Berkowitz October Retreat 2017

In August 2019, Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, was appointed director of the Policy Planning Staff in the office of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He previously served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff.

Created in 1947 by diplomat and historian George Kennan at the direction of US Secretary of State George Marshall, the Policy Planning Staff has a mission “to take a longer term, strategic view of global trends and frame recommendations for the Secretary of State to advance US interests and American values.”

Berkowitz’s research and writing has concentrated on national security, law, constitutional reform, political ideology, and Middle East issues.  

He is the author of several books, including Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation (Hoover Institution Press, 2013); Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (Hoover Institution Press, 2012); Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999); and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995).

He has written hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews for various publications, including the American Interest, The Atlantic, the New Republic, Politico, RealClear Politics, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, and the Yale Law Journal.

Berkowitz has also taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at the George Mason University School of Law, and political philosophy in the department of Government at Harvard University.  

Berkowitz received his BA in English literature from Swarthmore College; his MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a JD and PhD in political science from Yale University.