Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow

Contact: pwehner@eppc.org

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. He has written for numerous publications—including the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostFinancial Times, the Weekly StandardCommentary, National Affairs and Time magazine. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and he contributes regularly to Commentary magazine’s blog “Contentions.” He has also appeared as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN television and appears frequently on national talk radio programs. In 2011 Forbes magazine featured Mr. Wehner on a short list of conservatism’s leading “educators and practitioners of first principles.” He was described this way: “Author, commentator, problem solver, prolific, daily provider of concise, reasoned, artful analysis and argument; gentle giant of a thinker at the intersection of politics and policy.” He has been named by several magazines as one of the handful of most influential reform-minded conservatives.

Mr. Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. In 2002, he was asked to head the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he generated policy ideas, reached out to public intellectuals, published op-eds and essays, and provided counsel on a range of domestic and international issues. He was also a senior adviser to the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign.

Mr. Wehner is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks).

PUBLICATIONS


Political Discourse and Impugning Motives

Published in Commentary Magazine

Optimistic or Pessimistic About America

Published in Commentary Magazine

On Gratitude

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 31, 2011

Power Has its Duties as Well as its Rights

Published in Commentary Magazine

Our Lack of Moral Vocabulary

Published in Commentary Magazine

Decline and Fall

Published in The Weekly Standard

Biden’s Morally Disgraceful China Comments

Published in Commentary Magazine

Rescuing the American Dream: Culture's Power to Reduce Poverty

Published in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Newt Gingrich and the Adultery Question

Published in The Christian Science Monitor

The Incredible Shrinking Obama

Published in The Weekly Standard

The GOP and the Birther Trap

Published in The Wall Street Journal

Not Worth the Showdown

Published in New York Times

A Party of Ideas

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 5, 2011

The Devil We Know

Published in The Weekly Standard on April 4, 2011

Citizens Not Subjects

Published in The Weekly Standard on March 14, 2011

On a Liberal Mission

Published in The New York Times

Martin Luther King Jr.

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 17, 2011

Class Warfare

Published in The Weekly Standard

Human Nature and Capitalism

Published in The American on December 11, 2010

The Soul of the State

Published in The Christian Science Monitor on November 10, 2010

Take the High Road

Published in The New York Times Room for Debate on November 3, 2010

Religion, Politics, and Other Unmentionables

Published in National Review Online

Hazardous Symbolism

Published in New York Times' Room for Debate on August 16, 2010

Baked in the Cake

Published in The Weekly Standard on August 2, 2010

Obama, the Thin-Skinned President

Published in Politics Daily on May 28, 2010

Obama the Divider

Published in Politics Daily on April 7, 2010

Reflections on the Cross

Published in PoliticsDaily on April 2, 2010

The GOP in the Wake of ObamaCare

Published in Contentions Blog on March 29, 2010

On Obama’s Behavior Toward Israel

Published in Contentions Blog on March 26, 2010

Evan Bayh and the Legends of The Fall

Published in Politics Daily on February 19, 2010

A Less Perfect Union

Published in Contentions on February 10, 2010