Henry Olsen

Senior Fellow

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

Mr. Olsen is an opinion columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes daily pieces focusing on politics, populism, foreign affairs and American conservative thought. He is also the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism and The Four Faces of the Republican Party, co-authored with Dante Scala.

Mr. Olsen was previously an editor at UnHerd.com and a regular contributor to American GreatnessCity Journal, and World Magazine. Mr. Olsen’s work has been featured in many prominent publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNational ReviewThe Guardian, and The Weekly Standard.

His predictions of the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 elections were particularly praised for their remarkable accuracy. In the 2016 campaign, he accurately identified the factors fueling the rise of Donald Trump early in the race, and his election-eve predictions were among the most accurate of any major analyst or commentator.

Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Mr. Olsen started his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. He then worked with the California State Assembly Republican Caucus before attending law school. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as an associate at Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.

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Sarah Palin’s Path to Congress is Likely Much Harder Than She Expects

Henry Olsen

The road back to relevance is likely harder than the Republican icon expects.

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The Washington Post / April 5, 2022

Americans Fled Cities During the Pandemic. They Went to Red States.

Henry Olsen

Republican-governed states tended to benefit from the urban exodus.

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The Washington Post / March 31, 2022

Stop Making Excuses for Biden’s Gaffes

Henry Olsen

One wonders what allied leaders must be saying to one another in private about Biden.

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The Washington Post / March 29, 2022

Republicans Are Right to Oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson

Henry Olsen

In case after contentious case, Democratic-appointed justices have voted in lockstep to back the position supported by mainstream Democratic groups. Republicans should assume Ketanji Brown Jackson would follow suit unless she expressly repudiates some of those views in her hearings.

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The Washington Post / March 21, 2022

The U.S. Space Force is Preparing to Militarize Space. Good.

Henry Olsen

Space is the final frontier for national defense.

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The Washington Post / March 17, 2022

South Korea’s Hawkish New President Will Be Good for the Western Alliance

Henry Olsen

These developments will place South Korea even more firmly within the U.S.-led Western alliance than it was previously.

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Washington Post / March 15, 2022

Once Again, Congress Comes Together on the Main Thing It Can Agree On — Sticking…

Henry Olsen

Sooner or later, we all — ordinary Americans and our leaders — are going to have to get serious, and everyone knows the choices.

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The Washington Post / March 10, 2022

The West Needs to Think Through Its Endgame in Ukraine

Henry Olsen

The United States and Europe are rightly backing Ukraine in its courageous defense against Russia’s invasion. But as the facts on the ground shift by the day, the West needs to think hard about its endgame: Is it Russian defeat or victory for Ukraine?

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The Washington Post / March 7, 2022

This Wasn’t the Restart Biden Needed

Henry Olsen

State of the Union addresses tend to be unmemorable, providing little boost to a president’s political standing. There was some…

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The Washington Post / March 2, 2022

Putin’s Invasion Has Opened Germany’s Eyes. Let’s Hope Biden Sees the Need for Big Changes,…

Henry Olsen

The United States is the backbone of military alliances around the globe and needs to be prepared to meet its commitments as they arise.

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The Washington Post / February 28, 2022

Diplomacy failed to deter Russia. Now’s the time for a new Cold War.

Henry Olsen

tern leaders, and especially President Biden, must face the music: They must mount a new Cold War.

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The Washington Post / February 23, 2022

Canada’s Freedom Convoy Protesters May Be the Minority. But They Have the Momentum.

Henry Olsen

Canada’s “Freedom Convoy” has exasperated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and drawn much denigration. But while the truckers’ sentiments remain a minority sentiment in Canada, their views are gaining support there and spawning imitators around the globe.

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The Washington Post / February 14, 2022

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