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.




Our Morally Disoriented Times

Published in Commentary Magazine on July 30, 2015



Obama’s Worst Mistake

Published in Commentary Magazine on July 15, 2015






Jeb Bush Makes His Case

Published in Commentary Magazine on June 18, 2015


Have You Ever Been Wrong?

Published in Commentary Magazine on June 6, 2015




Police Lives Matter

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 14, 2015










Government Is Not The Enemy

Published in The New York Times on March 1, 2015




Obama’s Words v. Reality

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 26, 2015




MLK and the American Founding

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 19, 2015


Conservatives in Name Only

Published in The New York Times on January 15, 2015



A Christian Defense Of Israel

Published in Commentary Magazine on December 26, 2014


The Mood of America

Published in Commentary Magazine on December 12, 2014







Democrats Turn On Obama

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 13, 2014


Barack’s World

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 22, 2014


A Healing Illness

Published in The Weekly Standard on September 15, 2014


Miracle at Philadelphia

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 17, 2014


Yes, Obama Was Talking About ISIS

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 8, 2014




Why Politics Matters

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 20, 2014



Ann Coulter’s Absurd Defense

Published in Patheos.com on August 15, 2014


Ann Coulter’s Casual Cruelty

Published in Patheos.com on August 8, 2014









A Cheerful Conservative

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 12, 2014





Mozilla and the Prophet Isaiah

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 9, 2014


Obama’s World of Make Believe

Published in Commentary Magazine on March 20, 2014





In Defense of Social Justice

Published in Commentary Magazine on February 18, 2014


Demographics and the GOP

Published in Commentary Magazine on February 6, 2014



Our Chastened President

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 23, 2014


Let Reagan Be Reagan

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 21, 2014


The Scandal of Grace

Published in Patheos - Philosophical Fragments on January 21, 2014



A Conservative Vision of Government

Published in National Affairs on January 1, 2014