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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While No One Was Watching, Social Conservatives Just Lost Their Stranglehold on the GOP

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A recent Senate vote is good news for those who care about tolerance

Analysis and Commentary

There's a New Political Story Line—and it's Good for Republicans

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Sunday, October 20, 2013

The GOP used to be viewed as a right-wing monolith. Now it's thought of as a party split between radicals and non-radicals. This is actually good news for Republicans.

Analysis and Commentary

Maxilateral Man

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, September 23, 2013

With his Syria policy careening from inaction to the threat of force to a request for congressional approval to a diplomatic bailout from Russia, the long-vexing puzzle of what makes Barack Obama tick has again come to the fore.

Analysis and Commentary

Do Republicans Oppose Everything Obama Does? Here's a Test.

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Thursday, August 8, 2013

The GOP has obstructed Obama's ideas, but the reasons have been philosophical, not partisan. Or have they? A corporate-tax proposal is the tell.

Analysis and Commentary

The Depressed Hyperpower

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary
Monday, July 1, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

A Bear in the Desert

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The NSA Scandal Was Good for Obama

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Monday, June 24, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The Second-Term Interventionists

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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Hoover fellow Lindberg discusses the IRS scandal on the John Batchelor Show

by Tod Lindbergvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tod Lindberg, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is against appointing a special counsel to investigate the abuses of the IRS because special counsels have an infinite budget, unlimited time, and tend to get out of control. Lindberg recommends that a congressional oversight committee find out what happened and work to prevent abuses in the future.

Analysis and Commentary

The Other Benghazi Scandal

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, June 3, 2013

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