Tod Lindberg

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Tod Lindberg was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He writes widely on U.S. foreign policy and national security, as well as on American politics and philosophical topics. His main policy focus in recent years has been on improving international cooperation for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.

Lindberg is the author of The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern (Encounter Books, 2015), a philosophical investigation of changing ideas about heroism and its connection to political order and change, and The Political Teachings of Jesus, a philosophical study of Jesus’s Gospel teaching about worldly affairs (HarperCollins, 2007; paperback edition, HarperOne, 2008). He is co-author with Lee Feinstein of Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court (Brookings Press, 2009). He is the editor of Beyond Paradise and Power: Europe, America and the Future of a Troubled Partnership (Routledge, 2005) and co-editor with Derek Chollet and David Shorr of Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide (Routledge, 2007).

He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and has written for scholarly and  popular publications from Telos and the Review of Metaphysics to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He is adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a graduate course on ethics and decision-making in international politics.

From 1999 until 2013, he was editor of Policy Review. Previously, he served in senior editorial positions at the Washington Times and was the founding executive editor of the National Interest and an editor at the Public Interest.

More recently, Lindberg served as lead of the expert group on international norms and institutions of the 2008 Genocide Prevention Task Force convened by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen. He also served as coordinator for the task group on Preventing and Responding to Genocide and Major Human Rights Abuses for the United States Institute of Peace’s 2005 Task Force on the United Nations (the Gingrich-Mitchell task force). He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Working Group on Crimes against Humanity. He is currently working with his long-time collaborator Lee Feinstein on a major report for the Holocaust Museum on transatlantic cooperation on atrocity prevention.

Lindberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Council of the Stanley Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Council Survey.

He studied political philosophy at the University of Chicago with Allan Bloom and Saul Bellow, among others. He and his wife Tina live in Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto, California. They have two grown daughters.

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Recent Commentary


Americans Increasingly Believe Violence Is Justified If The Other Side Wins

by Larry Diamond, Lee Drutman, Tod Lindberg, Nathan P. Kalmoe, Lilliana Masonvia Politico
Thursday, October 1, 2020

At the presidential debate this week, the Republican candidate voiced his concern about political violence—left-wing political violence. And the Democratic candidate likewise voiced concern about political violence—right-wing political violence.

Analysis and Commentary

The Impeachment Fantasy

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, August 7, 2017

Donald Trump was voted into office. If you want to get rid of him, you'll probably have to vote him out.

Analysis and Commentary

A Strauss Divided

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary Magazine
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review of Patriotism Is Not Enough by Steven F. Hayward. Patriotism Is Not Enough is a loose intellectual portrait of the life and thought of Harry V. Jaffa and his circle of close friends and even closer enemies.


Report: Allies Against Atrocities: The Imperative For Transatlantic Cooperation To Prevent And Stop Mass Killings

by Tod Lindbergvia Lawfare
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This month marks the release of “Allies Against Atrocities: The Imperative For Transatlantic Cooperation To Prevent And Stop Mass Killings,” a report that I co-wrote with Lee Feinstein, dean of Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies and former US Ambassador to Poland, through the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and the Stanley Foundation.


The Enlightenment’s Losers Are All Around Us

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 24, 2017

Pankaj Mishra’s “Age of Anger: A History of the Present” is a searing attack on the assumption that modernity is synonymous with progress.

Analysis and Commentary

His Reelection Plan

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, December 5, 2016

Things Trump is likely to succeed at.


What Is The Driving Force In American Political History?

by Tod Lindbergvia National Interest
Saturday, October 22, 2016

If partisan politics and egalitarian enthusiasm constituted a hitherto “hidden” element of the “history of American politics,” it will come as news to anyone who has read any American history.

Analysis and Commentary

The Apology Of Patroclus

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I am not his pet. I come when he calls and do as he commands, True. Yet so does everyone.

Analysis and Commentary

Who's The Greatest?

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, September 12, 2016

An exceptional election about exceptionalism.


Taking Trump Seriously On NATO

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary
Friday, April 15, 2016

He has policies, or suggestions of policies. What would happen if they were put into practice?