Philip Zelikow

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Philip Zelikow is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. 

Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and the J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, both at the University of Virginia. His books and essays focus on critical episodes in American and world history. A former civil rights attorney and career diplomat, he has served at all levels of American government. He was the executive director of the 9/11 Commission and, before that, directed the Carter-Ford Commission on Federal Election Reform. He has also worked on international policy in each of the five administrations from Reagan through Obama. 

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Self-dealing In Ukraine: The Core Of The Impeachment Inquiry

by Philip Zelikowvia Lawfare
Monday, October 21, 2019
As the Ukraine story develops, the public focus has remained largely on wrongdoing by the president outside the realm of criminal law, focusing instead on President Trump’s apparent use of his office for personal gain. On one level, this makes sense: Impeachment is only about removal of the president from office, not about criminal prosecution and imprisonment. So the standards and processes for impeachment are different.

To Build a Better World

by Condoleezza Rice, Philip Zelikowvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Two of America's leading scholar-diplomats, Philip Zelikow and Condoleezza Rice, have combed sources in several languages, interviewed leading figures, and drawn on their own firsthand experience to bring to life the choices that molded the contemporary world. Zeroing in on the key moments of decision, the might-have-beens, and the human beings working through them, they explore both what happened and what could have happened, to show how one world ended and another took form. Beginning in the late 1970s and carrying into the present, they focus on the momentous period between 1988 and 1992, when an entire world system changed, states broke apart, and societies were transformed. Such periods have always been accompanied by terrible wars-but not this time.

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To Regain Policy Competence: The Software of American Public Problem-Solving

by Philip Zelikowvia Texas National Security Network
Friday, September 20, 2019

American policymaking has declined over the past several decades, but it is something that can be regained. It is not ephemeral or lost to the mists of time. The skills needed to tackle public problem-solving are specific and cultural — and they are teachable.

Getting to Zero: Part 1

with Philip Zelikow, George P. Shultz, Richard Perle, Henry A. Kissinger, Thomas Graham, Vladimir Dvorkin, Sergio Duarte, Graham Allisonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 25, 2007

Getting to Zero: Part 1, the sixth session from the Hoover Institution's Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons featuring all participants. (57:11)

Getting to Zero: Part 2

with Philip Zelikow, George P. Shultz, Richard Perle, Henry A. Kissinger, Thomas Graham, Vladimir Dvorkin, Sergio Duarte, Graham Allisonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 25, 2007

Getting to Zero: Part 2, the sixth session from the Hoover Institution's Reykjavik Revisited: Steps Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons featuring all participants. (1:14:39)