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

The Iranian Threat Won't Just Go Away

by Peter Berkowitz, Shmuel Barvia Jerusalem Report
Monday, March 17, 2008

Human beings tend, when faced with equally unacceptable alternatives, to rationalize inaction...

Analysis and Commentary

Teaching The Federalist in South Korea

by Peter Berkowitzvia National Review Online
Friday, February 29, 2008

Recently, New York Philharmonic musical director Lorin Maazel — before departing for his just concluded first trip to North Korea and in the face of sharp criticism that his orchestra’s performance in Pyongyang would present dictator Kim Jong Il with a valuable propaganda victory — reflected on America and the world...

Analysis and Commentary

The Neocons and Iraq

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, February 16, 2008

In the foreign policy establishment, among progressives of all stripes, and even for significant segments of the conservative movement, "neoconservatism" has come to stand for all that has gone wrong in American foreign policy over the last seven years -- especially in Iraq...

In the News

On Toleration

by Peter Berkowitzvia American Interest
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Americans enjoy unprecedented freedom and equality...

Analysis and Commentary

Ehud Olmert's Israel

by Peter Berkowitzvia Weekly Standard
Monday, February 4, 2008

According to recent opinion polls, roughly 70 percent of Israelis--and about 70 percent of Palestinians--believe that two states living side by side in peace is the just solution to the conflict between them...

Exceptionally American

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Peter Berkowitz on God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World by Walter Russell Mead

What is a University For?

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Saturday, December 1, 2007

Peter Berkowitz on Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life  by  Anthony T. Kronman

Analysis and Commentary

Ethics 101

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 8, 2007

It should not be surprising that our universities generate interesting and urgent ethical challenges....

Conserving Russell Kirk

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Monday, October 1, 2007

Peter Berkowitz on The Essential Russell Kirk: Selected Essays edited by George A Panichas

Analysis and Commentary

Contested Authority

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, September 15, 2007

It wasn't supposed to be this way...