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Peter Beinart
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Peter Beinart in 2007.
Born 1971
Education undergraduate at Yale; MA in international relations from Oxford University
Occupation journalist, author, blogger
Notable credit(s) won Marshall Scholarship and Rhodes Scholarship, senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, guest scholar at The Brookings Institution
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Peter Beinart (born 1971) is a journalist and contributing editor for The New Republic, having served as editor of TNR from November 1999 until March 2006. He is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.



Beinart is a graduate of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and a member of the class of 1993 at Yale University, where he was a member of the Yale Political Union. Beinart won a Marshall Scholarship (which he declined) and a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University and received a MA in international relations in 1995.


Peter Beinart is a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. [1]. He had been a vocal supporter of the war in Iraq, and chastised liberals and Democrats for failing, in his eyes, to adequately recognize the threat from Islamic fundamentalism and develop an alternative response to conservative and Republican policies. At the same time, however, Beinart has been critical of the Bush administration's handling of the war and its aftermath. Beinart renounced his position supporting the war in his book, The Good Fight. At the same time, Beinart believes that the Iraqi "surge" policy worked and has stated that liberal opponents of it ought to admit that they were wrong.[2]

For the December 13, 2004 edition of The New Republic, Beinart wrote an article titled "A Fighting Faith: An Argument for a New Liberalism," in which he compared the situation facing liberals and Democrats to that faced by their counterparts in the early years of the Cold War. He argued that liberals should advocate a tough-minded foreign policy like that embraced by Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, including increased federal spending on military personnel and foreign aid. Beinart also criticized Michael Moore and MoveOn, comparing them to Henry Wallace in his Progressive Party days.

While serving as a guest scholar at The Brookings Institution Beinart expanded the essay into the book The Good Fight: Why Liberals---and Only Liberals---Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again in which Beinart admits that, if faced with the same decision to go to war in Iraq and knowing what he knows now, he would have chosen not to go to war. He argues, however, that liberals should be careful not to adopt non-interventionism in the wake of the war, but instead should rely more heavily on international institutions. Beinart has been criticized by some opponents of the war. Currently, he is working on a book that explores the idea of hubris in American foreign policy.

Beinart and Jonah Goldberg engaged in a discussion on[3]

Beinart and Jonah Goldberg of National Review host a conservative vs. liberal webtv show called What's your Problem? which originally could be found on National Review Online [4] but is now appearing on[5] as of 2008.

In March 2008, Peter Beinart addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on “the role that the pro-Israel community can play in the coming elections.”[6]

Beinart's columns also appear in Time and the Washington Post. He appears regularly on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NBC, and other stations to discuss American foreign policy and politics.

Personal life

Beinart is married and lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.

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