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).


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








The Obama Presidency in Crisis

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 19, 2013


A Debacle for Liberalism

Published in The Weekly Standard on November 11, 2013



Krauthammer On Things That Matter

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 22, 2013


Obama Disassociates from Reality

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 22, 2013


Subordinating Truth to Ideology

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 16, 2013



Mistaking God’s Will for Our Own

Published in Patheos.com on October 8, 2013


The Age of Invective

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 3, 2013


This Town Isn’t So Bad

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 1, 2013




The Remarkable Pope Francis

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 23, 2013


When the Stars Vanish

Published in Patheos.com on September 17, 2013







Whose Morality?

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 19, 2013


Roger’s Neighborhood

Published in The Weekly Standard on August 19, 2013



Marco Rubio’s Folly

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 6, 2013