Ethics & Public Policy Center

Peter Wehner



Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. Mr. Wehner has written for numerous publications—including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Financial Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Commentary, National Affairs, Christianity Today and Time magazine. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, where he writes a monthly column. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and C-SPAN television.

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 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). He is presently writing a book for HarperCollins, which will be published in the spring of 2019; the topic is a defense of politics rightly understood.

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