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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The Court, the Constitution, and the Culture of Freedom

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Monday, August 1, 2005

Abortion, affirmative action, and same-sex marriage

Liberty First, Democracy Later

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

The best way to promote democracy abroad? By first promoting liberty. By Peter Berkowitz.

Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution: Debating the Enemy Combatant Cases
Books

Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution: Debating the Enemy Combatant Cases

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution examines three enemy combatant cases that represent the leading edge of U.S. efforts to devise legal rules, consistent with American constitutional principles, for waging the global war on terror. The distinguished contributors analyze the crucial questions these cases raise about the balance between national security and civil liberties in wartime and call for a reexamination of the complex connections between the Constitution and international law.

Educating the University

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Peter Berkowitz on Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus by Donald Alexander Downs

Laws of Nations

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Friday, April 1, 2005

Peter Berkowitz on A New World Order by Anne-Marie Slaughter and The Limits of International Law by Jack L. Goldsmith and Eric A. Posner and Law without Nations? Why Constitutional Government Requires Sovereign States by Jeremy A. Rabkin

Analysis and Commentary

Variety and Vulnerability in American Party Politics

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, March 2, 2005

To command a national majority, the Republican Party requires the support of all three kinds of conservatives. But the fault lines in the coalition run deep.

He is Charlotte Simmons

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Peter Berkowitz on I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

Enlightenment Rightly Understood

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Peter Berkowitz on The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightments by Gertrude Himmelfarb

Varieties of Progressivism in America
Books

Varieties of Progressivism in America

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The contributors to this volume examine the past, present, and future of progressivism in America from different perspectives and with different expertise. What is the future of progressivism in America in an increasingly unfriendly political climate? How can progressives increase opportunity in America and make social and political life more inclusive and equal?

Kuwaiti Complexities

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

Is democracy possible in the Arab Middle East? Peter Berkowitz travels to Kuwait to find out.

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