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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Analysis and Commentary

How Culture Beat Religion

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Evangelicals reject the feminist label, yet they support feminist principles like equal pay for equal work and political equality.

Analysis and Commentary

How Many Imaginary Female Draftees Can Dance On The Head Of A Grenade Pin?

by Tod Lindbergvia USA Today
Friday, February 12, 2016

We should respect our military heroes by recognizing that their fighting courage is extraordinary.

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The Heroic Heart

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Heroes still walk among us, but no longer must they kill to win glory. Instead the hero for our time is a healer.

Analysis and Commentary

Achilles And Patroclus: Archetypal Heroes

by Tod Lindberg quoting Kori Schakevia War on the Rocks
Thursday, December 10, 2015

My dear friend Kori Schake has written a wonderful article at War on the Rocks in praise (mostly) of my new book, The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern. The book takes up the subject of how ideas about heroism changed over the millennia and what this tells us about ourselves.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Heroes, Ourselves

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, November 16, 2015

A revealing evolution in our highest military honor.

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The New Heroic Ideal

by Tod Lindbergvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Glory in war comes not from fiercely slaying the enemy on the battlefield, but from saving the lives of others.

Analysis and Commentary

Ben Carson Was Right. We Could Use More Heroes: Column

by Tod Lindbergvia USA Today
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

None of us knows how we will act in the face of danger, but celebrating stories of heroism may inspire unexpected courage.

In the News

The Heroes Hidden Among Us

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, October 5, 2015

Nothing can redeem the harrowing massacre that unfolded last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

Analysis and Commentary

Syria's Homeric Struggle

by Tod Lindbergvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, October 3, 2015

In far too much of the world today, conflict consists of the same kind of heroic struggle at arms that Homer depicted 2,800 years ago in the Iliad, modified only by the longer-range lethality of modern weaponry.

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Analysis and Commentary

Arresting Atrocity

by Lee Feinstein, Tod Lindbergvia Foreign Affairs
Friday, September 11, 2015

Obama's Agenda to Prevent Genocide.