Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
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Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. During 2019, he is 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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Gentlemen Revolutionaries

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Peter Berkowitz on Revolutionary Characters: What Made The Founders Different by Gordon Wood

Analysis and Commentary

The Case Against Compromise

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, June 1, 2006

It is fairly certain that a book titled "The Party of Death" is not calculated to bridge differences, find common ground or in any other way still the controversy that has roiled American politics for more than 30 years…

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Armed Forces: 8, Law School: 0

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2006

Showing the wisdom of Solomon, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected law schools' challenge to "don't ask, don't tell." By Peter Berkowitz.

Progressives for Growth

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Saturday, April 1, 2006

Peter Berkowitz on The Moral Consequences of Growth by Benjamin M. Friedman and The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity by Gene Sperling

Literature in Theory

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Peter Berkowitz on Theory’s Empire: An Anthology of Dissent edited by Daphne Patai and Will H. Corral

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Speaking Their Language

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

The U.S. government could go a long way toward building understanding in the Middle East by backing the study of Arabic. By Peter Berkowitz.

The Legacy of Ariel Sharon

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

From soldier to statesman, by way of most vilified leader in the world. By Peter Berkowitz.

Democratizing the Constitution

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Thursday, December 1, 2005

Peter Berkowitz on Active Liberty: Interpreting our Democratic Constitution by Stephen Breyer

The Future of American Intelligence
Books

The Future of American Intelligence

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, October 28, 2005

These essays from a diverse group of distinguished contributors deepen our understanding of the new national security threats posed by terrorism, by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and by the spread of Islamic extremism. They examine the obstacles to making U.S. intelligence more capable and offer recommendations for effective reform.

A Worthy War Critic

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Saturday, October 1, 2005

Peter Berkowitz on The Assassins’ Gate by George Packer

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