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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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

No Agenda? No Problem.

by Tod Lindbergvia New Republic
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

How to Prevent Atrocities

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Left 3.0

by Tod Lindbergvia Policy Review
Friday, February 1, 2013

Obama and the emergence of a newer left

Analysis and Commentary

The Briefing: Libya, Syria and, the “Responsibility to Protect”

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Second Term Challenges

Libya, Syria and, the “Responsibility to Protect”

by Tod Lindbergvia The Briefing
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

At the 2005 United Nations World Summit, member states formally embraced the “responsibility to protect,” a principle of humanitarian intervention aimed at stopping atrocities.

Analysis and Commentary

What Is the Future of Conservatism?

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

GOP Chaos on Capitol Hill?

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, January 7, 2013

"No Exit" Strategy

by Fen Osler Hampson, Tod Lindbergvia Policy Review
Saturday, December 1, 2012

Recalibrating missions, scaling back ambitions, sticking around

Analysis and Commentary

The Politics of Incivility (Registration Required)

by Tod Lindbergvia Commentary
Wednesday, September 19, 2012