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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Huckabee’s Co-Pilot

Peter Wehner

Some of us — in my case, a political conservative and evangelical Christian — are getting a queasy feeling when…

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Washington Post / December 24, 2007

The Problem With Pastor Mike

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Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has written an article for Foreign Affairs magazine, the first two…

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National Review Online / December 17, 2007

Riding the Obama Wave

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We haven't reached the point where the wheels are coming off the Clinton campaign. But we're getting close. The last…

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RealClearPolitics.com / December 17, 2007

Crime, Drugs, Welfare — and Other Good News

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Fifteen years ago, a deep pessimism seemed to be stalking the American landscape. It arose from diverse quarters, took different…

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Commentary, December 2007 / December 17, 2007

Good Morning, Patrick!

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The man who authored The Death of the West has now turned his considerable spirit of despair to America. Patrick…

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National Review Online / November 28, 2007

Don't Blame Democracy

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Two and a half years ago–in the wake of elections in Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories, and especially Iraq (as well…

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Refighting the Wars of Religion

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Since the rise of the religious New Right two generations ago, the religion-and-politics battle in America has been fought on…

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Commentary November 2007 / November 1, 2007

It's Not About the Senator

Peter Wehner

Much of the political class is talking about Senator Larry Craig, who pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct…

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National Review Online / August 31, 2007

The Iraq War Is Redeemable

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If 2006 was an awful year for Iraq, then 2007 has been significantly better. Although the central government is frustratingly…

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National Review Online / August 29, 2007

The Dialogue of Bullets, the Ideals of Assassination, Bombing, and Destruction

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As we approach next month’s report by General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, the debate about Iraq will intensify. One key…

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Townhall.com / August 18, 2007

The World According to Matthew Scully

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As a friend and former colleague of both Matthew Scully and Michael Gerson — I was deputy director of speechwriting…

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National Review Online / August 10, 2007

Diagnosis & Cure

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Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health-Care Crisis and the People Who Pay the Priceby Jonathan Cohn, HarperCollins, 292 pp….

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Commentary / July 1, 2007

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