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

Maybe the Center Can Hold

by Tod Lindbergvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, October 13, 2014

There seems little doubt that 2014 will go down as a truly horrible year for American foreign policy.

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Analysis and Commentary

The 2014 Midterms Don't Mean Anything

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The political media's handicapping of the November 4 midterm election has contributed to the impression, fostered by many partisans and commentators, that the stakes have never been higher. Jonathan Capehart, the liberal Washington Post columnist, says he wants to “warn” Democrats that “President Obama will be impeached if the Democrats lose control of the U.S. Senate.” 

The Putinist Manifesto

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Putin did America a favor: he cleared up any doubt about whether Russia is a constructive partner. (It isn’t.)

Moscow, Russia
Analysis and Commentary

Russia As A Regional Partner

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Friday, May 2, 2014
Global Currency
Analysis and Commentary

Book Review: 'The Road to Global Prosperity' by Michael Mandelbaum

by Tod Lindbergvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Some books are as noteworthy for what they represent as for what they say. Such is the case with Michael Mandelbaum's "The Road to Global Prosperity," a concise, insightful and readable stock- taking of the state of globalization roughly five years

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Analysis and Commentary

Crimea and Punishment

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Friday, March 21, 2014

It's time for a reset for U.S. policy toward Russia. The original Obama reset has now run its course, and President Vladimir Putin has thoroughly dashed all hope of Russia emerging as a partner of the United States and a constructive contributor to a liberal international order. The armed takeover and annexation of Crimea and the threat of further military incursion into eastern Ukraine have established beyond doubt that the United States needs to approach Russia first and foremost as a security challenge.

Privacy, Security, and the National Security Agency (NSA)
The Digital AgeAnalysis and Commentary

The Mail of Others

by Tod Lindbergvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How big a deal is the revelation of widespread National Security Agency data mining operations directed at our European allies, or the NSA listening in on the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

Return of the Bear

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Russia is back in the Middle East. How did we let this happen?

Analysis and Commentary

Making Sense of the “International Community”

by Tod Lindbergvia Council on Foreign Relations
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
When discourse on global affairs refers to the international community, it often refers to different groupings of international actors.
Analysis and Commentary

For Republicans, the Decline of Social Mobility is a Crisis

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The GOP is finally facing the issue of inequality in America. But why?