Philip Zelikow

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

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. 

Filter By:



Recent Commentary


Philip Zelikow: Webinar Panelists Analyze The Impacts Of 9/11 — 20 Years Later

interview with Philip Zelikowvia Cavalier Daily
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Philip Zelikow discusses the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Analysis and Commentary

Reflections On 9/11 Twenty Years After

by Philip Zelikowvia War on the Rocks
Friday, September 10, 2021
We all have our own memories associated with the tragedy of 9/11. In my case I can remember going to Ground Zero shortly after the attacks and noticing that awful, pungent smell of the place, as if the terrorists had opened up some special, sulfurous path to hell.
In the News

Coronavirus: Finding Answers With Philip D. Zelikow

featuring Philip Zelikowvia The Washington Post
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Philip D. Zelikow led the congressionally chartered inquiry into the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, he is laying the groundwork for a national commission to investigate the COVID-19 pandemic and propose forward-looking policy recommendations.


Q&A: Philip Zelikow Looks Back At The 9/11 Commission Report He Guided

interview with Philip Zelikowvia University of Virginia
Friday, July 30, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Philip Zelikow discusses the 9/11 Commission’s report.

In the News

The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Battle To End The Great War, 1916-1917

featuring Philip Zelikowvia Foreign Affairs
Saturday, May 1, 2021

This fine and lucid scholarship has the additional benefit of the eye of an experienced practitioner as Zelikow addresses the question of whether U.S. President Woodrow Wilson could have mediated a peace deal in 1916 or 1917 to end World War I before the United States joined the fray. 


Philip Zelikow: The Greatest Unknown Tragedy Of World War I

interview with Philip Zelikowvia War on the Rocks
Friday, April 9, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Philip Zelikow discusses his new book, The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916 – 1917. Zelikow explores the story of the peace talks and what might have happened had they succeeded.

In the News

Ending Wars Was Never Easy

featuring Philip Zelikowvia Foreign Policy
Saturday, March 20, 2021

[Subscription required] A new book about a forgotten attempt to resolve World War I sheds light on the struggles facing the West’s diplomats today.

Analysis and Commentary

A Practical Path To Condemn And Disqualify Donald Trump

by Philip Zelikowvia Lawfare
Friday, January 22, 2021

Time has come for Congress to contemplate how to hold Donald Trump accountable for his efforts to overthrow the election and incite an insurrection. After all, the last time American citizens made such a concerted, violent effort to overthrow U.S. leaders was in April 1865, when a group of conspirators murdered President Abraham Lincoln and attacked other members of his Cabinet.

Analysis and Commentary

Brent Scowcroft And American Military Intervention

by Philip Zelikowvia War on the Rocks
Monday, August 24, 2020

The passing of Brent Scowcroft is an opportunity for a bit of reflection about the U.S. foreign policy elite and its attitude toward American military intervention in world affairs. There is a tendency, here and there, to think of such an elite as a “blob” with common views. There is no meaningful definition of the U.S. foreign policy elite between, say, 1980 and at least 2010, that would not have included Brent Scowcroft. Nor was he a marginal figure in that group.

Analysis and Commentary

A Reply To President Putin

by Philip Zelikowvia The American Interest
Friday, July 31, 2020

The European Parliament and President Putin are distorting the lessons of World War II. But their debate spotlights questions about the future of world order in the 2020s.