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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The U.N. effect

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

For those who care about “international legitimacy,” the gold standard is a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Analysis and Commentary

The U.N. Effect

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, April 4, 2011

Obama’s quest for ‘international legitimacy’ makes for a dishonest Libya policy...

The Do-Nothing President

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In his underdog bid to retain the presidency in 1948, Harry Truman ran hard against the “Do-Nothing Congress,” so much so that his put-down of the Republicans who controlled Capitol Hill became a permanent part of the political lexicon, far more resonant today than anything Tr

Analysis and Commentary

The Do-Nothing President

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, March 7, 2011

The Republicans’ surprising new critique of Obama...

Analysis and Commentary

Free at Last

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, January 24, 2011

Maybe we’re just more used to changes in control of the House of Representatives than we were in 1994...But Barack Obama has not exactly been reeling. If anything, he seems to have found his lost groove...

Analysis and Commentary

Speaking Truth to Mullah Power

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Saturday, November 13, 2010

At a conclave of big shots, Lindsey Graham steals the show...

Analysis and Commentary

President McCain at Midterm

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Saturday, October 30, 2010

...[T]his is not fiction but rather an attempt to take what we know about American politics and ask what would have happened if, mirabile dictu, the 2008 election had gone the other way and John McCain were president of the United States today...

Analysis and Commentary

Aggression in the Court

by Tod Lindbergvia Foreign Affairs
Sunday, August 22, 2010

The idea of holding national leaders to account for waging wars of aggression has moral appeal and historical pedigree. But whether the International Criminal Court can try such cases is a thornier issue...

Aggression in the Court

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, August 22, 2010

Perhaps it was the prospect of a trip out of Kampala, Uganda, to the World Cup games in South Africa that put delegates to the International Criminal Court Review Conference in a magnanimous mood last June.

Future Challenges: A Way Forward with the International Criminal Court

by Tod Lindbergvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

Despite the concerns that critics have raised about the International Criminal Court (ICC), the long-term interest of the United States involves cooperating with it. 

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