Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. At Hoover, he chairs the Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law and cochaired the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society.

He studies and writes about, among other things, constitutional government, conservatism and progressivism in the United States, liberal education, national security and law, and Middle East politics. He is the author of Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation (Hoover Institution Press, 2013), Israel and the Struggle over the International Laws of War (Hoover Institution Press, 2012), Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995).

He is the editor of The Future of American Intelligence (2005), Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution: Debating the Enemy Combatant Cases (2005), the companion volumes Varieties of Conservatism in America (2004) and Varieties of Progressivism in America (2004), and and Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic (2003), all from the Hoover Institution Press. In 2004, with coeditor Tod Lindberg, he launched Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society, a series of concise works on leading issues and controversies.

He has written hundreds of essays, articles, and reviews on many subjects for a variety of publications, including the American Political Science Review, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Claremont Review of Books, Commentary, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, the London Review of Books, National Review, the New Republic, the New York Post, the New York Sun, PJ Media, Policy Review, the Public Interest, Real Clear Politics, the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Wilson Quarterly, and the Yale Law Journal.

He holds a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale University; an MA in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College.

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Can Trump, Cruz Win Over GOP's "Four Factions"?

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Republicans who actually want their party to win the White House next year are increasingly worried.

Analysis and Commentary

Why McKinley's 1896 Election Is Relevant Today

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, November 27, 2015

You would never guess from the current campaign trail pyrotechnics, but public opinion polls suggest a straightforward formula for victory in the 2016 general election.


Yale Gives In To The Grievance Culture

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, November 20, 2015

On Tuesday, November 17, Yale University president Peter Salovey sent an email addressed to “Members of the Yale Community,” including the university’s far flung alumni. In the wake of unrest on campus the last few weeks over Halloween costumes, “safe spaces,” diversity, and free speech, Salovey expressed his determination “to build a more inclusive Yale.”


Yale's Scary Halloween Tale

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, November 12, 2015

On November 11, in response to a campus crisis triggered by a dispute over Halloween costumes—or rather by an email about Halloween costumes—Yale University President Peter Salovey emailed a message to tens of thousands of Yale alumni that he and Dean of Yale College Jonathan Holloway had sent to members of the Yale community in New Haven the previous evening.

Analysis and Commentary

Peggy Noonan's Words To Live By

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In a June 4, 2010, Wall Street Journal column, republished in her new collection, “The Time of Our Lives,” Peggy Noonan tells the heartbreaking story of 28-year-old Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Armando Galarraga.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama’s Distorted Views On Israel

by Peter Berkowitzvia Moment Magazine
Thursday, November 5, 2015

The president’s quest for even-handedness is misguided and dangerous.


20 Years After Death, Rabin's Leadership Unmatched

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Amidst the breakdown of their negotiations with the Palestinians and a wave of terrorist attacks rolling across the country, Israelis will gather on the evening of October 31 in Tel Aviv to honor the memory of Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated 20 years ago. And they will continue to wrestle with the meaning for Israel’s future of his life and tragic death. 


A Misguided Resolution To The Culture Wars

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, October 19, 2015

Thirty years after the phrase came into vogue, the culture wars are alive and well—and more heated and complex than ever. A comprehensive peace is not in the cards.

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Sub-standardized Testing

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 16, 2015

The College Board wants to ensure that students learn about America only at its worst.

Analysis and Commentary

The Jewish Future, Part 1

by Peter Berkowitzvia Commentary
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What will be the condition of the Jewish community 50 years from now?