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

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...

Analysis and Commentary

Enough is enough

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

It's hypocrisy season in Washington...

Analysis and Commentary

Hillary Clinton's Iraq problem

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

We all know that Hillary Clinton has found herself twisted into a knot over her position on Iraq...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama in the running

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The essential question in crowded presidential fields is always this: What are you really running for?

Analysis and Commentary

The Democrats and the war

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The House vote opposing the surge in Iraq drew 17 Republicans, far fewer than Democrats hoped, so the scenario of a collapse in congressional support for the war effort forcing President Bush's hand has been averted for now...

Analysis and Commentary

Putin's posture

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The annual meeting of defense and foreign-policy eminences here is usually devoted to a fair amount of carping from one side of the Atlantic to the other...

Analysis and Commentary

The Treaty of the Democratic Peace

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, February 12, 2007

For years now, the political science literature has been exploring the phenomenon of the "democratic peace," according to which, to state it in its bluntest form, democracies do not go to war with one another...

Analysis and Commentary

For or against the next war?

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Opposition to the Iraq war has understandably led to a more generally anti-interventionist climate in Washington...

Analysis and Commentary

Mixed media

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Politico, the new Web site specializing in Washington political coverage, may or may not be the wave of the future...

Analysis and Commentary

The field so far

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Several strands of conventional wisdom are gathering into an early narrative line on the 2008 presidential race...