Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow

Contact: pwehner@eppc.org

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. He has written for numerous publications—including the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostFinancial Times, the Weekly StandardCommentary, National AffairsChristianity Today and Time magazine. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He has also appeared as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN television and appears frequently on national talk radio programs. In 2011 Forbes magazine featured Mr. Wehner on a short list of conservatism’s leading “educators and practitioners of first principles.” He was described this way: “Author, commentator, problem solver, prolific, daily provider of concise, reasoned, artful analysis and argument; gentle giant of a thinker at the intersection of politics and policy.” He has been named by several magazines as one of the handful of most influential reform-minded conservatives.

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 was also a senior adviser to the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign.

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).



Obama Fatigue

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 3, 2013


The President, His Budget, and the Poor

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 11, 2013


The Iron Lady Belongs to the Ages

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 8, 2013


Political Moderation and the Conservative Disposition

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 1, 2013


GOP Should Stand Firm Against Drug Legalization

Published in Washington Post on April 2, 2013


Party, Heal Thyself

Published in TIME Magazine on March 11, 2013


Moral Presuppositions and Politics

Published in Commentary magazine on February 18, 2013



The Absentee Commander in Chief

Published in The Wall Street Journal on February 10, 2013


Drone Strikes, Waterboarding, and Moral Preening

Published in Commentary magazine's Contentions on February 6, 2013



America’s Exodus from Marriage

Published in Commentary on January 17, 2013


The Recalibration of Conservatism

Published in Commentary Magazine on December 6, 2012


The Death of ‘Mediscare’

Published in The Wall Street Journal on November 29, 2012


Promises, Promises

Published in The Weekly Standard on July 16, 2012



Compromise v. Prudence

Published in Commentary magazine on June 7, 2012


Hate and Forgiveness

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 25, 2012


Abortion and a Just Society

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 23, 2012




Charles Colson, 1931-2012

Published in The Weekly Standard Blog on April 22, 2012


Challenging Sacred Assumptions

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 18, 2012


The Great Divider

Published in The Weekly Standard on April 23, 2012




Even Relativism is Relative

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 2, 2012


How to Think About Inequality

Published in National Affairs on March 21, 2012


Purpose in Life

Published in The Weekly Standard on March 12, 2012


It Will Be Romney vs. Obama

Published in CNN


James Q. Wilson’s Moral Sense

Published in The American on March 2, 2012



What Does a Conservative Believe?

Published in TIME on February 2, 2012


Yes, We Can…

Published in The Weekly Standard on February 6, 2012


Obama’s Fictional Narrative

Published in Commentary magazine on January 25, 2012



The Not-So-Weak GOP Frontrunner

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 11, 2012



The Greatest Story Ever Told

Published in EPPC Online Exclusive on December 24, 2011


U.S. Relations Have Soured Worldwide

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 29, 2011


Political Discourse and Impugning Motives

Published in Commentary Magazine


Optimistic or Pessimistic About America

Published in Commentary Magazine


On Gratitude

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 31, 2011



Power Has its Duties as Well as its Rights

Published in Commentary Magazine


Our Lack of Moral Vocabulary

Published in Commentary Magazine


Decline and Fall

Published in The Weekly Standard


Biden’s Morally Disgraceful China Comments

Published in Commentary Magazine


Rescuing the American Dream: Culture's Power to Reduce Poverty

Published in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity





Newt Gingrich and the Adultery Question

Published in The Christian Science Monitor





The Incredible Shrinking Obama

Published in The Weekly Standard


The GOP and the Birther Trap

Published in The Wall Street Journal


Not Worth the Showdown

Published in New York Times


A Party of Ideas

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 5, 2011


The Devil We Know

Published in The Weekly Standard on April 4, 2011


Citizens Not Subjects

Published in The Weekly Standard on March 14, 2011



On a Liberal Mission

Published in The New York Times



Martin Luther King Jr.

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 17, 2011



Class Warfare

Published in The Weekly Standard


Human Nature and Capitalism

Published in The American on December 11, 2010



The Soul of the State

Published in The Christian Science Monitor on November 10, 2010


Take the High Road

Published in The New York Times Room for Debate on November 3, 2010