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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Vice presidential possibilities

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Do you need to know who a party's presidential nominee will be before you can say anything about who its nominee for vice president will be…

Analysis and Commentary

With and without Hillary

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Some of the key considerations in selecting a vice presidential running mate, as followers of our summer seminar in this space know, are part unity, ticket balancing, electoral advantage and plausibility as an eventual successor to the Oval Office…

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Anyone for seconds

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, August 8, 2006

There are two kinds of presidential candidates: those who actually aspire to the nation's highest office and those who are running to elevate their profile or push an ideological agenda…

Analysis and Commentary

Looking at Republicans and 2008

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, August 1, 2006

The 2008 presidential election is a wide-open contest, and Democrats, as we saw here last week, have responded with a broad field…

Analysis and Commentary

Looking at 2008

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The 2008 presidential election will be a wide-open contest. Democrats are responding to this fact with gusto, as a gaggle of serious candidates has already come forward…

Analysis and Commentary

In the face of confrontation

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Apparently, Israel didn't get the memo about the inefficacy of military force as revealed by the difficulties of the United States in Iraq…

Analysis and Commentary

Where Milosevic's butchery held sway

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The bottom line is this: Are we going to finish the job in Europe, or are we going to turn our backs on those who haven't yet made their way in from the cold…

Analysis and Commentary

The star-spangled banner

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

When I was a kid, on the Fourth of July, Dad and I used to drag the stereo speakers out onto the back porch in the morning and treat the neighborhood to a rousing full-blast rendition of "The Stars and Stripes Forever …

Analysis and Commentary

Bush's poll numbers

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, June 20, 2006

When you see your opportunity, you take it…

Analysis and Commentary

European identity

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The failure of the European Constitutional Treaty in referenda in the Netherlands and France last year led to a determination among European leaders that the time had come for a "moment of reflection…

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