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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Weighing Alternatives

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Downes makes an important point in spelling out just how frequently the United States has intervened abroad, whether by military or clandestine means.

Analysis and Commentary

Weighing Alternatives

by Tod Lindbergvia Boston Review
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Examining only cases in which the United States has opted for interventionist policies is like adding up one side of a ledger. You simply can’t calculate the best policy, intervention or non-intervention, from there...

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Libya unrest stirs up questions over fate of Lockerbie bomber

by Tod Lindbergvia San Francisco Examiner
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An intriguing sideshow to the Libyan revolt is the fate of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber released to Libya from a Scottish prison two years ago...

Libya unrest stirs up questions over fate of Lockerbie bomber

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An intriguing sideshow to the Libyan revolt is the fate of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber released to Libya from a Scottish prison two years ago, supposedly on the “compassionate” grounds that his terminal prostate cancer left him with less than th

The New California

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Whether he wins the nomination or not, Rick Perry’s August charge into the top echelon of GOP presidential hopefuls marks at least this turning point: In national Republican politics, Texas is the new California.

Analysis and Commentary

The New California

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Whether he wins the nomination or not, Rick Perry’s August charge into the top echelon of GOP presidential hopefuls marks at least this turning point: In national Republican politics, Texas is the new California...

Analysis and Commentary

Taxes and the Senate

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 25, 2011

Without a realistic possibility of Senate support for tax hikes, the whole revenue side of the discussion ceaselessly promoted by the White House dissolves into meaninglessness...

Taxes and the Senate

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 25, 2011

In the debt-limit debate, we’ve been hearing a lot about how a “grand bargain”-style solution with tax increases can’t pass the GOP-controlled House. That’s true. But here’s the issue that’s being neglected: Can a tax increase pass the Democratic majority Senate?

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Lessons from Libya

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I offered four lessons from Libya – all of them predicated on the assumption that Muamar Qaddafi goes, whether by lucky drone strike, internal coup or assassination, or flight into exile...

Lessons from Libya

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I was at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington office the other day to offer my take on the lessons of our Libya involvement.

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