Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Vice President and Senior Fellow

Contact: pwehner@eppc.org

@Peter_Wehner

Peter Wehner is Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine. Mr. Wehner has written for numerous other publications—including Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Commentary, National Affairs, and Christianity Today—and has appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, PBS, and C-SPAN television. He was also the Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences at Duke University in 2019–2020.

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’s book The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump (HarperCollins) was published in June 2019. He is also author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson), Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks), and co-editor of books on foreign policy (The Latin American Policies of U.S. Allies) and national security (Promise or Peril: The Strategic Defense Initiative).


Choose Repair, Not Revenge

Published in The Atlantic on November 16, 2020



Biden May Be Just the Person America Needs

Published in The Atlantic on November 2, 2020


Evangelicals Made a Bad Bargain With Trump

Published in The Atlantic on October 18, 2020


Now Comes the Reckoning

Published in The Atlantic on October 5, 2020


How to Win a Debate With a Bully

Published in The Atlantic on September 24, 2020


Does the Debt Matter?

Published in National Affairs - Fall 2020 issue on September 23, 2020




Donald Trump Is a Broken Man

Published in The Atlantic on July 21, 2020


The Cost of the Evangelical Betrayal

Published in The Atlantic on July 10, 2020



Listening to Robert F. Kennedy

Published in The Atlantic on June 13, 2020





Evangelicals: A Review

Published in Comment on May 7, 2020


The President Is Unraveling

Published in The Atlantic on May 5, 2020


The Party of the Aggrieved

Published in The Atlantic on April 21, 2020



The President Is Trapped

Published in The Atlantic on March 25, 2020



The Trump Presidency Is Over

Published in The Atlantic on March 13, 2020


What Pete Buttigieg Understood

Published in The Atlantic on March 2, 2020


A Profile in Courage

Published in The Atlantic on February 5, 2020


The Downfall of the Republican Party

Published in The Atlantic on February 2, 2020


There Is No Christian Case for Trump

Published in The Atlantic on January 30, 2020


Christmas Turns the World Upside Down

Published in The New York Times on December 24, 2019


White House Oral History: Peter Wehner

Published in The Miller Center on December 13, 2019


Christian Doomsayers Have Lost It

Published in The New York Times on December 6, 2019


The Moral Universe of Timothy Keller

Published in The Atlantic on December 5, 2019



The Exposure of the Republican Party

Published in The Atlantic on November 14, 2019




What’s the Matter With Republicans?

Published in The New York Times on September 30, 2019


Trump Is Not Well

Published in The Atlantic on September 9, 2019


The Joe Walsh Challenge

Published in The New York Times on August 28, 2019


Trump’s Words Are Poison

Published in The Atlantic on August 6, 2019







Trump’s Sinister Assault on Truth

Published in The Atlantic on June 18, 2019


Interview: Culture War vs. Culture Care

Published in Crux on June 12, 2019



Politics Is Not Total War

Published in The New York Times on June 2, 2019


The Genius of Stephen Curry

Published in The Atlantic on May 14, 2019





The Democratic Party is Radicalizing

Published in The Atlantic on April 3, 2019








The Uncommon Power of Grace

Published in The New York Times on December 23, 2018





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