Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Since 2019, he has been serving on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the office of the secretary. He is a 2017 winner of the Bradley Prize. At Hoover, he is a member of the Military History/Contemporary Conflict Working Group. In addition, he serves as dean of studies for the Public Interest Fellowship, and teaches for the Tikvah Fund in the United States and in Israel. 

He studies and writes about, among other things, constitutional government, conservatism and progressivism in the United States, liberal education, national security and law, and Middle East politics.

He is the author of 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 is the editor of seven collections of essays on political ideas and institutions published by the Hoover Institution: Renewing the American Constitutional Tradition (2014); Future Challenges in National Security and Law (2010); The Future of American Intelligence (2005); Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution: Debating the Enemy Combatant Cases (2005); Varieties of Conservatism in America (2004); Varieties of Progressivism in America (2004); and Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic (2003).

He is a contributor at RealClearPolitics, and has written hundreds of articles,essays and reviews on a range of subjects for a variety of publications, including The American InterestAmerican Political Science ReviewThe AtlanticThe Chronicle of Higher EducationClaremont Review of BooksCommentaryFirst ThingsForbes.comHaaretzThe Jerusalem PostLondon Review of BooksNational JournalNational ReviewThe New CriterionThe New RepublicPolicy ReviewPoliticoThe Public InterestThe Times Literary SupplementThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Weekly StandardThe Wilson Quarterly, and the Yale Law Journal.

In addition to teaching regularly in the United States and Israel, Dr. Berkowitz has led seminars on the principles of freedom and the American constitutional tradition for students from Burma at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and for Korean students at Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

He taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at George Mason University School of Law from 1999 to 2006, and political philosophy in the department of government at Harvard University from 1990 to 1999.

He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University, an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

A Usurpation of National Sovereignty

by Peter Berkowitzvia National Review
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The controversy sparked by the Sept. 15, 2009, publication of the Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, otherwise known as the Goldstone Report, may appear to exclusively concern the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Netanyahu Surprises at 10th Annual Herzliya Conference

by Peter Berkowitzvia Pajamas Media
Thursday, February 4, 2010

A willingness to seek political negotiations with the Palestinians is a departure for Israel's prime minister. . . .

The Lawyering of War

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Monday, February 1, 2010

Peter Berkowitz on The War on Terror and the Laws of War: A Military Perspective by Michael Lewis, Eric Jensen, Geoffrey Corn, Victor Hansen, Richard Jackson, and James Schoettler.

Analysis and Commentary

The New Progressivism: Same as the Old Progressivism?

by Peter Berkowitzvia Pajamas Media
Thursday, January 21, 2010

To understand the sometimes glaring gaps between candidate Obama’s promises and President Obama’s policies, it is useful to appreciate an old tension in American progressivism. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The message from Massachusetts

by Peter Berkowitzvia Politico
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

On Tuesday, Massachusetts voters delivered a stunning rebuke to the transformative agenda obdurately pursued by President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and their minions. . . .

cartoon of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Universal Questioner

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the late Soviet dissident and honorary Hoover fellow to whom “one word of truth outweighed the whole world.”

Why the Peace Process Is Stalled

Why the Peace Process Is Stalled

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Obama administration is acting—publicly, at least—as if Israeli settlements were the only obstacle to Mideast peace. It will never be that simple. By Peter Berkowitz.

Analysis and Commentary

Going Backwards in Beirut

by Peter Berkowitzvia Weekly Standard
Monday, November 30, 2009

Hezbollah still holds power despite losing the election. . . .

Breakdown in the Academy

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Peter Berkowitz on The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University by Louis Menand

Analysis and Commentary

Academia Goes Silent on Free Speech

by Peter Berkowitz with Charles Hillvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Professors have a professional interest in—indeed a professional duty to uphold—liberty of thought and discussion...