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’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).


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



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