Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow

Contact: pwehner@eppc.org

@Peter_Wehner

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. Mr. Wehner has written for numerous publications—including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Financial Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Commentary, National Affairs, Christianity Today and Time magazine. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, where he writes a monthly column. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and C-SPAN television.

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 has also served as an adviser to several presidential campaigns.

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). He is presently writing a book for HarperCollins, which will be published in the spring of 2019; the topic is a defense of politics rightly understood.



The Great #MeToo Awakening

Published in The New York Times on May 13, 2018


Why I Am Still Grateful

Published in The New York Times on March 30, 2018








A Call to Patriotism in America

Published in The Hill on October 24, 2017


Going Against the Republican Herd

Published in New York Times on October 22, 2017


Seeing Trump Through a Glass, Darkly

Published in New York Times on October 7, 2017



Behold Our ‘Child King’

Published in New York Times on August 26, 2017


Declaration of Disruption

Published in New York Times on July 4, 2017



Mr. Trump Goes to Washington

Published in New York Times on April 29, 2017



After Great Pain, Where Is God?

Published in New York Times on March 26, 2017



Why I Cannot Fall in Line Behind Trump

Published in New York Times on January 22, 2017


Eight Was Enough

Published in New York Times on January 15, 2017


Obama’s Attack on Israel

Published in Real Clear Politics on December 28, 2016


Humanizing Jesus

Published in New York Times on December 24, 2016


Moderation is Not a Dirty Word

Published in New York Times on December 18, 2016



Is There Life After Trump?

Published in New York Times on November 6, 2016




The Ego-Driven Life

Published in The New York Times on October 20, 2016



The Political Magic of C.S. Lewis

Published in New York Times on September 24, 2016


Longing for Uplift

Published in Miller Center: First Year Project on September 19, 2016



George Orwell’s Fierce Modesty

Published in First Things on September 9, 2016



Beware of Blind Spots

Published in Philanthropy Magazine on July 19, 2016



The Theology of Donald Trump

Published in New York Times on July 5, 2016







Friendship in the Age of Trump

Published in New York Times on April 24, 2016




Our Great Easter Hope

Published in RealClearReligion on March 28, 2016


The Man the Founders Feared

Published in The New York Times on March 20, 2016




What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?

Published in The New York Times on March 1, 2016



The Passing of a Supreme Court Giant

Published in Commentary Magazine on February 14, 2016


Certitude and Seeking the Truth

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 25, 2016


Why I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump

Published in New York Times on January 14, 2016


The Christmas Revolution

Published in The New York Times on December 25, 2015


The Closing of Barack Obama’s Mind

Published in Commentary Magazine on December 17, 2015



Paul Ryan’s Voice of Calm Reason

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 30, 2015



Our Bitter and Graceless President

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 18, 2015



The Promise of Speaker Paul Ryan

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 30, 2015


Why Ben Carson’s Nazi Analogies Matter

Published in New York Times on October 20, 2015




Will the Trump Madness Now End?

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 17, 2015



Is Hillary Clinton Finished?

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 19, 2015


When Faith Repairs Broken Lives

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 17, 2015




Our Morally Disoriented Times

Published in Commentary Magazine on July 30, 2015