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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What the Beatitudes Teach

by Tod Lindbergvia Policy Review
Monday, July 30, 2007

Jesus’s community of goodwill

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by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, May 21, 2007

Three weeks ago, when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Bush administration's firing of several U.S. attorneys and did so to bad reviews even from conservatives, most of official Washington figured he was a goner...

The State of Conservatives and Liberals

with Peter Berkowitz, Mary Eberstadt, Tod Lindbergvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 23, 2007

Peter Berkowitz, Mary Eberstadt and Tod Lindberg discuss the state of conservatives and liberals in America. The discussion touches on an alleged liberal hatred towards conservatives and how the current "Bush Hate" climate is affecting the conservative movement. This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2007.

Analysis and Commentary

A columnist's farewell

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Monday, April 16, 2007

When I came to Washington in 1985, it was with the expectation that I would be spending my life fighting the Cold War...

Analysis and Commentary

Speaking of foreign affairs

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

If, as Karl Marx's adage holds, history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce, what happens when the repetition repeats itself?

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War chests 2008

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

At what level of giving, if any, would the people who contribute money to political candidates begin to feel overstretched?

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An Epic Letdown

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

The Iraq Study Group’s new way forward represented a victory of sorts—but only of publicity over substance. By Tod Lindberg.

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Stop-and-Go Isolationism

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Outrage over “the next war”? Not if it’s about genocide. By Tod Lindberg.

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A 'disgusting' House bill on Iraq

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I would have joined surge supporters in voting against the House supplemental appropriations bill because of the constraints it seeks to impose on whatever ability we may have to get to acceptable conditions in Iraq, especially the arbitrary imposition of a withdrawal timetable regardless of military needs...

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D.C. voting rights and congressional politics

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

When I moved to Washington 21 years ago and decided to live in the District rather than Maryland or Virginia, I knew I was voluntarily choosing to forgo something most Americans take entirely for granted, namely, their say in choosing a representative in the House and two members of the Senate...