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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Appointing an IRS Independent Counsel Is a Terrible, Terrible Idea

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Jay Carney's Rough Week Was a Blessing To One Man: His Boss

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Monday, May 20, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

On Sex Scandals, Republicans and Democrats Have Switched Places

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Monday, May 13, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Slippery Slope Arguments: Not Just for Conservatives Anymore

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Barack Obama Revived George Bush's Popularity

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Gun Control's Long Game

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

What Margaret Thatcher Taught Barack Obama

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Friday, April 12, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Thatcher Began Modern Political Polarization

by Tod Lindbergvia USA Today
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Hillary Clinton Would Not 'Clear the Field' for 2016

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Friday, April 5, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

No Agenda? No Problem.

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Thursday, March 28, 2013

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