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

The anti-war locomotive

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

No surprise, but Democrats on Capitol Hill and most everywhere else have checked out on Iraq, and they're taking a few Republicans with them...

Analysis and Commentary

Succeed or fail

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, January 9, 2007

President Bush has apparently decided that he wants one more chance to win this war...

Analysis and Commentary

Judging President Ford

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Monday, January 1, 2007

t's not every politician who gets to write the headline for his own obituary...

Analysis and Commentary

Democracy's 'systemic' problems

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, December 26, 2006

This has been a good year for taking stock of the state of the political system...

Analysis and Commentary

Bush must exercise winning options in Iraq

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Not that they are in any other respect comparable, but Iraq and the Clinton health care reform effort of 1993-94 are politically comparable in that each precipitated the loss of control of Congress by the party of the president...

In the News

Great Powers vs. Democracies, Live in Concert

by Tod Lindbergvia America Abroad
Thursday, December 14, 2006

Glad to join a discussion of what seems to me, approaching this question from a political point of view that is a bit of an outlier at the Cafe, is nonetheless an idea whose time has come: a concert of democracies...

Analysis and Commentary

A review of Iraq Study Group

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A literary agent once told me that when you are trying to sell a book to a publisher, you should always keep in mind that it's not really the book you're selling; it's the idea of the book...

Analysis and Commentary

Bush's freedom speech

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, December 5, 2006

At the Riga airport on the way to a German Marshall Fund-sponsored conference running parallel to the biannual NATO summit, a German friend asked me what I thought George W. Bush would say in the speech he was scheduled to give...

Analysis and Commentary

Baseline or high-water mark?

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

When people look back on the 2006 elections 10 years later, what will they see?

Analysis and Commentary

Judging voters

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, November 21, 2006

As we mull the implications of the November elections for what comes next in Iraq, it's worth keeping in mind that this was, in fact, the third time voters have had an opportunity to weigh in on the subject...