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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Fixing Immigration

Peter Wehner

The immigration debate has been the subject of a prime-time address by President Bush, sparked demonstrations in the streets of…

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Commentary / May 22, 2007

Health Care in Three Acts

Peter Wehner

Americans say they are very worried about health care: on generic lists of voter concerns, health issues regularly rank just…

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Calling the Signals

Peter Wehner

Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitasby Tom Callahan, Crown. 292 pp. $24.95 The National Football League (NFL)…

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Commentary Magazine / January 1, 2007

Off and Running

Peter Wehner

Barack Obama, the Democratic star of the moment in American politics, is the junior Senator from Illinois, and for the…

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Commentary Magazine / December 1, 2006

The Human Difference

Peter Wehner

In the contest for oddest pronouncement in a State of the Union address, high marks should go to President Bush’s…

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Commentary Magazine / December 1, 2006

Why Have Children?

Peter Wehner

In the most modern parts of the modern world, three aspects of fertility do seem historically unprecedented and clearly important….

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Commentary / June 21, 2006

Europe's Two Culture Wars

Peter Wehner

There are two interrelated culture wars that beset Western Europe today. The first of these wars is a sharper form…

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Commentary / May 4, 2006

"Cast Me Not Off in Old Age"

Peter Wehner

Death and dying are once again subjects of intense public attention. During his confirmation hearings, Chief Justice John Roberts was…

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Commentary / January 3, 2006

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