Peter M. Robinson

Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow
Biography: 

Peter M. Robinson is the Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's video series program, Uncommon Knowledge™.

Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life (Regan Books, 2003); It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP, (Warner Books, 2000); and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA (Warner Books, 1994; still available in paperback).

In 1979, he graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he majored in English. He went on to study politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, from which he graduated in 1982.

Robinson spent six years in the White House, serving from 1982 to 1983 as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and from 1983 to 1988 as special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. He wrote the historic Berlin Wall address in which President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!"

After the White House, Robinson attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. (The journal he kept formed the basis for Snapshots from Hell.) He graduated with an MBA in 1990.

Robinson then spent a year in New York City with Fox Television, reporting to the owner of the company, Rupert Murdoch. He spent a second year in Washington, D.C., with the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as the director of the Office of Public Affairs, Policy Evaluation, and Research. Robinson joined the Hoover Institution in 1993.

The author of numerous essays and interviews, Robinson has published in the New York Times, Red Herring, and Forbes ASAP, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. He is the editor of Can Congress Be Fixed?: Five Essays on Congressional Reform (Hoover Institution Press, 1995).

In 2005, Robinson was elected to serve as a Trustee of Dartmouth College.

Robinson lives in northern California with his wife, their children and their dog, Crusoe.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Analysis and Commentary

Model Ford

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Former President Gerald Ford died on December 26 at age 93...

David M. Kennedy

Bring Back The Draft

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Edwin Meese III, David M. Kennedyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Under President Nixon, in 1973 the United States abolished the draft, moving to an all-volunteer armed forces. Now some—most notably New York congressman Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee—have called for a reinstatement of the draft. Is this a good idea? What lessons from history can we call on to help answer this question? And what impact would the reinstatement of the draft have on society as a whole and the military in particular? Peter Robinson speaks with David Kennedy and Edwin Meese. (33:11) Video transcript

Edwin Meese III

The Iraq Study Group

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Edwin Meese IIIvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

As one of the prominent conservative members of the Iraq Study Group, Edwin Meese has drawn withering criticism from the right for the group's recommendations—the National Review calling their final report "dressed-up surrender in Iraq." Just what does the report say about the situation in Iraq, what to do about troop levels, and a "new diplomatic offensive in the Middle East"? Meese takes on the key points and their critics and offers a strong defense of the positions staked out by the Iraq Study Group.(34:33) Video transcript

Michael Spence

Economic Growth In India and China

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Michael Spencevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 27, 2006

According to Michael Spence, “We are entering a period in which the two most populous countries in the world are the fastest-growing countries in the world—and the fastest-growing countries in the history of the world.” How have India and China done it, and what problems do they face as they seek to sustain this growth? What threats do these two economic powers pose to the United States, and what strategies should guide our relations with them? (37:01) Video transcript

In the News

Friedman's indispensable role in 20th-century history

by Peter M. Robinsonvia San Jose Mercury News
Sunday, November 19, 2006

``The great man or woman in history,'' the philosopher Sidney Hook argued in ``The Hero in History,'' his classic study -- ``is someone of whom we can say . . . that if they had not lived when they did, or acted as they did, the history of their countries and of the world . . . would have been profoundly different..."

A Hero's Place in History

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

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How to Cure Health Care

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

Interview by Peter Robinson

John Yoo

The Constitution and the War

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Where should we draw the line between civil liberties and national security in the “war on terror”? Are we even at war, and if so, what are the constitutional limits to presidential war powers? Has the Bush administration gone too far in the electronic surveillance of citizens and the coercive interrogation of suspected terrorists and enemy combatants? Richard Epstein and John Yoo, both widely regarded as strict constitutional constructionists, take decidedly different positions on these questions. (41:26) Video transcript

Analysis and Commentary

The Dartmouth Fracas

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Ho-hum about the clash of civilizations…

In the News

Goliath at Work

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Last Dartmouth post of the day, I promise....

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