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 is 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.

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). His book The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump (HarperCollins) was published in June 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



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



The Quiet Power of Humility

Published in The New York Times on April 15, 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