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

Standing Down

by Tod Lindberg with Stephen D. Krasnervia Weekly Standard
Monday, October 19, 2009

Perhaps President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize will spur a sudden global outpouring of love and affection for the United States, but the American Political Science Association (APSA) thinks our image problem runs deeper: Its 20-member blue chip task force (minus two dissenters) has concluded that U.S. standing in the world is in trouble...

The Political Teachings of Jesus

The Political Teachings of Jesus

by Tod Lindbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Longtime political analyst and commentator Tod Lindberg goes beyond punditry to address how Jesus's words and teachings—once a radical set of ideas—have come to define our concept of government and our vision for society.

Analysis and Commentary

The New Third Rail

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, September 21, 2009

If Hogwarts were a school for politicians, there would be a required class on "Defense Against the Dark Arts of Demagoguery."...

Analysis and Commentary

Fair Is Foul in Scotland

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, September 7, 2009

Since there is so little of it, let's start with the good news about the release from prison and triumphant return to Libya of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the terrorist who was supposedly serving a life sentence in a Scottish prison for his role in blowing Pan Am 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270 people...

Analysis and Commentary

The Only Way To Prevent Genocide

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Have you ever found yourself in the position of asking, on your own behalf or on behalf of others, how many or precisely which people it would be useful to kill in order to secure a benefit for yourself or your cause?...

Analysis and Commentary

The Center-Right Nation Exits Stage Left

by Tod Lindberg with David Bradyvia Washington Post
Sunday, November 16, 2008

Here's the main thought Republicans are consoling themselves with these days...

Analysis and Commentary

Back to basics

by Tod Lindbergvia International Herald Tribune
Friday, June 20, 2008

Speaking to the nation on the night he clinched the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama rejected the kind of politics that "uses religion as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon."...

A Moral Core for U.S. Foreign Policy

by Derek Chollet, Tod Lindbergvia Policy Review
Saturday, December 1, 2007

Is idealism dead?

Analysis and Commentary

All Washed Up

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Saturday, September 8, 2007

"In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car..."

Analysis and Commentary

Center Fold?

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, August 13, 2007

There's no obvious way to measure such a thing, but as a matter of intuition, you'd have to say that the most hated people in America today are sensible Democrats...