Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow

Peter Wehner is a 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 JournalWashington PostFinancial TimesThe Weekly StandardNational ReviewCommentaryNational 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.

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Peter Wehner is a 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 JournalWashington PostFinancial TimesThe Weekly StandardNational ReviewCommentaryNational 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).

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AUDIO: Peter Wehner on the Future of American Democracy

June 16, 2021 | The Big Story

On June 16, 2021, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner sat down with Jordan Heath-Rawlings of The Big Story to discuss…

AUDIO: Peter Wehner on Beg to Differ Podcast

June 4, 2021 | Beg to Differ podcast

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner joined the Beg to Differ podcast with Mona Charen to discuss the coronavirus lab leak theory, Qanon’s status as a new religion, and voting rights and wrongs.

AUDIO: Peter Wehner Discusses the Current Republican Party and America’s Deepening Divisions

May 25, 2021 | The Bulwark

On May 25, 2021, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner joined Charlie Sykes and The Bulwark‘s podcast to talk about America’s…

VIDEO: Peter Wehner on New Republic Panel on Religion in Politics

May 25, 2021 | The New Republic

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner took part in a roundtable discussion titled “The Soul of Our Politics,” hosted by The New Republic.

VIDEO: Book Launch of Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Faithful Presence” with Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes and Peter Wehner

May 25, 2021 | Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner took part in a virtual book launch of Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square, by former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

AUDIO: Peter Wehner on the GOP’s Future on Minnesota Public Radio

May 17, 2021 | Minnesota Public Radio

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner appeared on MPR News with Kerri Miller to discuss the future of the GOP.

VIDEO: Peter Wehner Discusses Trump, 2020 Election on CNN

May 16, 2021 | CNN - Reliable Sources

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” to discuss former President Trump’s ongoing attempt to dispute the results of the 2020 presidential election.

VIDEO: Peter Wehner Discusses House GOP Leadership Battle on CNN

May 4, 2021 | CNN Newsroom

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner appeared on CNN Newsroom to discuss the battle atop GOP leadership in the House of Representatives and the fate of Rep. Liz Cheney.

AUDIO: Peter Wehner on the GOP and Threats to Democracy

May 3, 2021 | The Bulwark

On May 3, 2021, EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner joined Charlies Sykes of The Bulwark podcast to discuss his recent…

VIDEO: Peter Wehner Discusses Future of GOP on CNN’s “New Day” With John Berman and Brianna Keilar

May 3, 2021 | CNN - New Day

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner joined CNN’s “New Day” with hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar to discuss the future of the GOP amid ongoing turmoil over the legacy of President Trump.

AUDIO: Peter Wehner Discusses Christian Right on Guardian Podcast

April 9, 2021 | The Guardian (UK)

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner appeared on the Guardian’s “Politics Weekly” podcast to discuss political scandals and the Christian Right. Click here or below to listen:

AUDIO: Peter Wehner Discusses Future of GOP with Rep. Adam Kinzinger

March 12, 2021 | Country First Conversations

EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner joined the Country First Conversations podcast along with Rep. Adam Kinzinger to discuss the future of the Republican Party and more.

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