U.S. Foreign Policy and the World
Heralded as a foreign policy expert, Bret Stephens speaks about U.S. foreign policy and the forces that are shaping the world. Bret offers an international perspective, with an eye toward the myriad issues shaping the conversation about Israel as well as the Middle East, offering significant and timely insights and a “breath of fresh air” delivery appreciated by audiences.
Reflecting on Israel and the Jewish American Community on Israel’s 75th Birthday
With the approaching 75th anniversary of the historic establishment of Israel, foreign policy expert Bret Stephens reflects on the connection between Israel and the American and global Jewish communities in this sought-after talk.
Israel and the Impact on the Middle East
Pulitzer Prize-winner and celebrated columnist Bret Stephens is a leading foreign policy expert and offers significant insights about Israel, from the recent elections to the implications of issues shaping the Middle East and beyond.
Journalism and the State of Our Democracy
Celebrated columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Bret Stephens offers a unique perspective on the role of journalism in politics and the state of our democracy overall. Speaking from the point of view of a leading conservative, Bret balances a bi-partisan and nuanced conversation in his talks that is valued by audiences and meeting planners.
Leading conservative voice Bret Stephens delivers shrewd insights with candor for audiences seeking a nuanced conversation
You don’t get to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist without ruffling some feathers. New York Times columnist BRET STEPHENS writes and speaks on issues as a leading conservative voice, often finding himself at odds with both extremes of the political spectrum and beloved by those prepared for nuanced debate. After rising to to prominence at The Wall Street Journal, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Stephens boldly dissects the state of conversations, offering timely insights with a “breath of fresh air” delivery and providing candid commentary on breaking news and top policy concerns.
The best endorsements of Bret come from meeting planners: "Bret Stephens was fabulous last night!! He was thoughtful, articulate, and had elements of humor woven into his very serious talk. He kept his talk bipartisan by calling out those on the left and the right. He is brilliant!!! It was a terrific evening!" (ADL) and “Bret was TERRIFIC last night. We had a large crowd, his talk was superb, and he was a pleasure to deal with. It couldn't have gone more smoothly. You have a lot of happy customers in LA.” (Community Advocates, Inc.)
Bret Stephens for The New York Times
Foreign affairs expert and Pulitzer-Prize Winning journalist BRET STEPHENS is a celebrated New York Times Op-Ed Columnist. According to James Bennet, The Times editorial page director: “He’s a beautiful writer who ranges across politics, international affairs, culture and business, and, for The Times, he will bring a new perspective to bear on the news. From my own conversations with Bret, and with those who have had the privilege of working with him, I can tell you he is also a generous and thoughtful colleague with a deep sense of moral purpose and adventure about our work." Stephens has worked as a journalist in both the U.S. and Europe, gaining and international following for his in-depth and insightful commentary on foreign affairs.
Bret Stephens is an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times.
Bret came to The Times in 2017 after a long career with The Wall Street Journal, where he was most recently deputy editorial page editor and, for 11 years, a foreign affairs columnist. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed in 2002 at age 28. At The Post he oversaw the paper's news, editorial, digital, and international operations, and also wrote a weekly column. He has reported from around the world and interviewed scores of world leaders.
Bret is the author of America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, released in November 2014, and is currently working on a book about the free world. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including three honorary doctorates, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In 2022, the government of Russia banned him for life from visiting that country.
In addition to his work at The Times, in 2021 Bret became editor-in-chief of Sapir (sapirjournal.org), a Jewish quarterly published by the Maimonides Fund. The mission of Sapir is to offer ideas for a thriving Jewish future. He is also currently at work on a book about the future of the free world.
Bret was raised in Mexico City and holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MSc. from the London School of Economics. He sits on numerous academic advisory boards and was a co-founder, with Garry Kasparov, of the Renew Democracy Initiative, an organization dedicated to advancing democratic principles throughout the world.
He and his wife, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a music critic and entrepreneur, live near New York City and have three children.