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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UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: Torture and the War on Terror

with Peter Berkowitz, Jenny Martinezvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Before September 11, we took it for granted that only nations or states could wage war on the United States. After 9/11 it became obvious that war could also be waged by terrorists operating anonymously and in the shadows. Are the laws of war—the Geneva Conventions, the International Convention on Torture—suited to this new reality of war? Whom may we detain? How may we interrogate those we detain? In the war on terror, do the laws of war permit us to be as tough as we need to be? Peter Robinson speaks with Peter Berkowitz and Jenny Martinez.

An Oasis

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Women in Kuwait have made significant advances in their pursuit of civil rights. Could Kuwait become a model for other Arab states? By Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz.

Analysis and Commentary

The Case for Operation Iraqi Freedom

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Although a link to 9/11 has not been established, Saddam's trafficking in terror is incontestable

Bush and the Liberal Tradition

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

Why liberal democracy in America depends on promoting liberal democracy abroad. By Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz.

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Democracy, Kuwaiti Style

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 2003

An Arab state wrestles with its own clash of civilizations. By Peter Berkowitz.

Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic
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Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, October 27, 2003

The contributors reveal how public policy in the United States has weakened the institutions of civil society that play a critical role in forming and sustaining the qualities of mind and character crucial to democratic self-government. The authors show what can be done, consistent with the principles of a free society, to establish a healthier relationship between public policy and character.

The Liberal Spirit in America

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Friday, August 1, 2003

Balancing the claims of freedom and equality

The Pathos of the Kass Report

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Peter Berkowitz on Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry by the President’s Council on Bioethics

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Virtues and the Making of Modern Liberalism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 18, 1999

For students of politics, the study of virtue is not a choice but a necessity imposed by the character of their subject matter.

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