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One of the most influential news and political commentators in the U.S., Dr. Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer-prize winning author, columnist, and psychiatrist. Author of definition documents such as The Reagan Doctrine, his major path-breaking essays on bioethics, Jewish destiny, and America’s role as the world’s superpower have profoundly shaped the nation’s thoughts and policies.

Since 1985, Krauthammer has written a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. It is published weekly in more than 400 newspapers worldwide. He is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard as well as a contributor to FOX News, appearing nightly on FOX's evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.

In the late 1970s, Krauthammer left his practice and went to Washington D.C. to direct planning in psychiatric research for the Carter administration. A few years later he joined The National Republic as a writer and editor and soon gained acclaim for his fearless essays in Time magazine. Highlights of his extensive career have been captured in his book Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, which became an instant bestseller upon its 2013 release, dominating the New York Times bestseller list for months.

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    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and named by The Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America, Charles Krauthammer has been honored from every part of the political spectrum for his bold and original writing—from the famously liberal People for the American Way (which presented him their First Amendment Award) to the staunchly conservative Bradley Foundation (which awarded him their first $250,000 Bradley Prize).


    Since 1985, Krauthammer has written a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. It is published weekly in more than 290 newspapers worldwide.


    Krauthammer is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The New Republic, and a weekly panelist on Inside Washington. He is also a contributor to FOX News, appearing nightly on FOX′s evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.


    For three decades, his influential writings have helped frame the very shape of American foreign policy. He coined and developed The Reagan Doctrine (TIME, April 1985), defined the structure of the post-Cold War world in The Unipolar Moment (Foreign Affairs, Winter 1990/1991) and outlined the principles of post-9/11 American foreign policy in his much-debated Irving Kristol Lecture, Democratic Realism (AEI Press, March 2004).


    MSNBC′s Joe Scarborough calls him “without a doubt, the most powerful force in American conservatism.” National Review featured him on its cover as “Obama′s critic-in-chief.” Der Spiegel calls him “the leading voice of America′s conservative intellectuals.” New York Times columnist David Brooks says that today “he′s the most important conservative columnist.”


    Born in New York City and raised in Montreal, Krauthammer was educated at McGill University (B.A. 1970), Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar in Politics) and Harvard (M.D. 1975). While serving as a resident and then chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, he published several scientific papers, including the discovery of a form of bipolar disease, that continue to be cited in the psychiatric literature.


    In 1978, he quit medical practice, came to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration, and began contributing articles to The New Republic. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale. He joined The New Republic as a writer and editor in 1981. His New Republic writings won the 1984 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism, the highest award in magazine journalism.


    From 2001 to 2006, he served on the President′s Council on Bioethics. He is president of The Krauthammer Foundation and chairman of Pro Musica Hebraica, an organization dedicated to the recovery and performance of lost classical Jewish music. He is also a member of the Chess Journalists of America.


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Leading up to the heart of his speech with a laugh-per-sentence summary of his personal and professional background, Charles Krauthammer analyzes the miraculous stability the U.S. Constitution has brought the country for over two centuries and examines why this document commands so much reverence in our culture when most other nations may not even realize their constitutions exist or care.

This phenomenon came to Krauthammer’s attention over 30 years ago when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by military officers. A U.S. reporter covering the story addressed the line of succession dictated by the constitution of Egypt to a Middle East expert who burst out in laughter, saying, that no one knew the constitution of Egypt existed, no one cared what was in it, and whoever was leading the military was by default the next president.

“There are many things that are miraculous about the Constitution,” Krauthammer states, contrasting the situation in Egypt to the power that U.S. citizens and institutions bestow upon a document that is over 200 years old.

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Whether your event is focused on the economy, bioethics, the Middle East or today's political headlines, you can depend on Charles Krauthammer's insightful and often humorous commentary to challenge conventional wisdom and clear confusion compiled from hearsay. Unabashedly conservative, Krauthammer goes beyond commenting on the issues and policies of the day, helping shape discussion about them. Audiences will be treated to a mind whose influence on national and world events is immeasurable.

    Politics in Washington
    With over 25 years covering and writing about the political scene in Washington, Charles Krauthammer offers unique insight and analysis into the goings on inside the Beltway and on the issues and topics foremost in the minds of most Americans. Audiences will enjoy what viewers of “Inside Washington” and FOX News have long enjoyed: seeing his sharp mind turned loose on the political issues of the day.

    International Affairs: An Overview
    With over 25 years experience commenting on foreign policy, Charles Krauthammer offers a unique and highly influential perspective. He goes against the grain, not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom (for a decade he was almost alone in calling the Oslo peace agreements a fraud that would inevitably lead to war, and was proved right). Whether writing about 9/11, the Middle East, the democratic revolutions sweeping the world today, or the indispensable role of American power, Dr. Krauthammer’s views have been attracting the attention of presidents and senior policy makers for years. Krauthammer shares the insights borne of his experience as a trusted voice on international affairs.



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“Charles Krauthammer is very funny! Within the first five minutes, people were cracking up laughing at multiple jokes already. Fantastic speaker; very personable and knowledgeable. Everyone that I spoke with really enjoyed it. It was a great event. Dr. Krauthammer was a joy to have speak!”
- Ashbrook Center

“Dr. Charles Krauthammer was outstanding! Our guests loved hearing his candid view on politics in Washington while incorporating his wit and humor. Post event comments included – best speaker ever, what an amazing man, excellent choice, our Facebook friends are jealous. He left the crowd feeling encouraged, hopeful, and wanting more!”
- Center for Arizona Policy




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“Charles Krauthammer is very funny! Within the first five minutes, people were cracking up laughing at multiple jokes already. Fantastic speaker; very personable and knowledgeable. Everyone that I spoke with really enjoyed it. It was a great event. Dr. Krauthammer was a joy to have speak!”
- Ashbrook Center

“Dr. Charles Krauthammer was outstanding! Our guests loved hearing his candid view on politics in Washington while incorporating his wit and humor. Post event comments included – best speaker ever, what an amazing man, excellent choice, our Facebook friends are jealous. He left the crowd feeling encouraged, hopeful, and wanting more!”
- Center for Arizona Policy


Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings.

A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer’s intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume.

Readers will find here not only the country’s leading conservative thinker offering a passionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose views—on feminism, evolution and the death penalty, for example—defy ideological convention. Things That Matter also features several of Krauthammer’s major path-breaking essays—on bioethics, on Jewish destiny and on America’s role as the world’s superpower—that have profoundly influenced the nation’s thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused re¬flections on everything from border collies to Halley’s Comet, from Woody Allen to Winston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist.

With a special, highly autobiographical introduction in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy, this indispensible chronicle takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.

    Politics in Washington
    With over 25 years covering and writing about the political scene in Washington, Charles Krauthammer offers unique insight and analysis into the goings on inside the Beltway and on the issues and topics foremost in the minds of most Americans. Audiences will enjoy what viewers of “Inside Washington” and FOX News have long enjoyed: seeing his sharp mind turned loose on the political issues of the day.

    International Affairs: An Overview
    With over 25 years experience commenting on foreign policy, Charles Krauthammer offers a unique and highly influential perspective. He goes against the grain, not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom (for a decade he was almost alone in calling the Oslo peace agreements a fraud that would inevitably lead to war, and was proved right). Whether writing about 9/11, the Middle East, the democratic revolutions sweeping the world today, or the indispensable role of American power, Dr. Krauthammer’s views have been attracting the attention of presidents and senior policy makers for years. Krauthammer shares the insights borne of his experience as a trusted voice on international affairs.



Keynote Speech


Leading up to the heart of his speech with a laugh-per-sentence summary of his personal and professional background, Charles Krauthammer analyzes the miraculous stability the U.S. Constitution has brought the country for over two centuries and examines why this document commands so much reverence in our culture when most other nations may not even realize their constitutions exist or care.

This phenomenon came to Krauthammer’s attention over 30 years ago when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by military officers. A U.S. reporter covering the story addressed the line of succession dictated by the constitution of Egypt to a Middle East expert who burst out in laughter, saying, that no one knew the constitution of Egypt existed, no one cared what was in it, and whoever was leading the military was by default the next president.

“There are many things that are miraculous about the Constitution,” Krauthammer states, contrasting the situation in Egypt to the power that U.S. citizens and institutions bestow upon a document that is over 200 years old.

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