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Peter Beinart

CNN Political Commentator, Contributing Editor for The Atlantic, and Associate Professor of Journalism & Political Science at City University of New York
  • Rhodes Scholar who formerly served as editor of the New Republic
  • Award-winning author whose latest book was praised by President Bill Clinton as “deeply important”
  • Offers a comprehensive overview—plus entertaining and balanced scrutiny—of the political landscape
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Peter Beinart is one of America’s most highly-regarded commentators on American politics and foreign policy. He is the associate professor of journalism and political science at The City University of New York, a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, a contributor to the Atlantic and Forward, and a political commentator for CNN. He hosts a biweekly podcast on topics around politics, Jewish life, and the Middle East for Forward. Beinart burst onto the punditry scene immediately after graduating from Oxford in 1995. Since then, he has been editor of the New Republic magazine, written widely acclaimed books, and been a featured player on the television news circuit for his expertise and articulate analysis. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau, he addresses politics, foreign policy, elections, and the American-Israel relationship.

Powerful Prose. His first book, The Good Fight: Why Liberals—and Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, was published in 2006. His second, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, was published in 2010, and his latest, The Crisis of Zionism, which expands upon his The New York Review of Books essay, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” was published in April 2013. Madeleine Albright called The Good Fight “a book filled with apt insights and common sense.” Fareed Zakaria called The Icarus Syndrome “lucid, thoughtful and strikingly honest,” and Bill Clinton called The Crisis of Zionism “a deeply important book for anyone who cares about Israel.”

Variety of Platforms. Beinart has contributed to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, TIME, Slate, Reader’s Digest, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Polity: The Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Studies Association. He is a former Senior Columnist at Ha’aretz and was named “Columnist of the Year” by The Week magazine. Additionally, he has appeared on Meet the Press, This Week, Charlie Rose, The McLaughlin Group, The Colbert Report, MTV, NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and many other television and radio programs. He has provided commentary for CNN for both Democratic and Republican conventions, and previously gave the Theodore H. White lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a Senior Fellow in International Security at the New America Foundation.

Education and Early Career. Beinart graduated from Yale University in 1993, winning a Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University. After graduating from University College, Oxford with a master’s in philosophy in international relations, Beinart became The New Republic’s managing editor in 1995. He became senior editor in 1997, and from 1999–2006 served as the magazine’s editor. Beinart was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2007–2009. 

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