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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Wanted: Muammar Qaddafi

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, June 27, 2011

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has now issued an arrest warrant – the equivalent of an indictment in the U.S.

Analysis and Commentary

Wanted: Muammar Qaddafi

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, June 27, 2011

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has now issued an arrest warrant – the equivalent of an indictment in the U.S. system — against Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi...

What Allies Are Worth

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, June 19, 2011

Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N.

Analysis and Commentary

What Allies Are Worth

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, June 19, 2011

There have been plenty of instances when the United States has found itself in a position of acting on its own, and this pattern will certainly continue. All the more reason, therefore, to act in consort with others when possible...

Obama in the Abstract

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Let’s assume that it was not President Obama’s intention for the final section of his big Mideast speech, in which he took up the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to entirely overwhelm everything he had just said in support of democratization and the “universal rig

Endangered Virtues

by Peter Berkowitz, Russell Muirhead, Clifford Orwin, Harvey C. Mansfield, Diana Schaub, James W. Ceaser, William Damon, Gerard V. Bradley, Tod Lindbergvia Analysis
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Endangered Virtues essay series is an online volume, written by members of Hoover’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society that rests on several shared convictions: that the American constitutional tradition is a source of wisdom about the mutual dependence of liberty and virtue and the tension between them; that the tradition places primary responsibility for the cultivation of the virtues on which liberty depends not on government but on the institutions of civil society, particularly the family and faith but also on education, work, and civic life; that in recent decades and owing to a variety of causes—social, cultural, economic, and political—those virtues and the sources that sustain have been exposed to danger and are weakening; and that renewing the virtues and the sources that sustain them is an urgent task.

From Hero-Worship to Celebrity-Adulation: The Problem of Greatness in an Age of Equality

by Tod Lindberg
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thomas Carlyle coined the term "hero worship" in the mid-nineteenth century. How do modern celebrities stack up against his "six classes of heroes"?

Analysis and Commentary

Obama in the Abstract

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spokesman for the ‘international community...’

Budget Gamesmanship

by Tod Lindbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

There’s a truism of budgeting that goes: The player who makes the first move always loses. That’s because the player with the second move has the opportunity to focus on the drawbacks of what the first player proposed.

Analysis and Commentary

Budget Gamesmanship

by Tod Lindbergvia Weekly Standard
Monday, April 18, 2011

The Republicans are winning the deficit debate...

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