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Danielle Pletka

Danielle Pletka is a popular American conservative commentator. Danielle Pletka is also a senior fellow and the former vice president for foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a right-leaning think tank.

Early Life

Danielle Pletka was born on January 12, 1963, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Her age is currently 61 years old. However, there is no information about her parents and other family members. She holds both American and Australian nationalities. She was raised in Boston and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1994. According to her birth date, she was born under the sun sign Capricorn.


Regarding her educational qualification, she is a master’s degree holder student. Pletka graduated with a B.A. in history at Smith College in 1984. Later, she enrolled at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University for her M.A.

Career and Professional Life

Professionally, Danielle is a conservative commentator. In Jerusalem between 1984 and 1985, Pletka worked as an editorial assistant for the Los Angeles Times and Reuters. Her position at Insight on the News was as a staff writer. Pletka served the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ Republican Chairman (and ranking member), Senator Jesse Helms, from 1992 to 2002 as a Senior Professional Staff Member for the Near East and South Asia.

Danielle Pletka

Caption: Danielle Pletka was captured on one of her programs
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Additionally, Pletka was appointed vice president for foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a right-leaning think tank in Washington, DC, in March 2002. The Washington Post described her at the time of her hiring as “a staunch conservative with a caustic manner.” Howard J. Wiarda claims that after Pletka took over the position from Jeane Kirkpatrick, who had a Ph.D. and was a full professor at Columbia University, there was some tension within AEI because Pletka was not a scholar herself.

Moreover, Pletka left her position as the institute’s vice president for foreign and defense policy in January 2020 but she is still a senior fellow there. Additionally, she holds the Andrew H. Siegel Chair in American Middle Eastern Foreign Policy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The What the Hell is Going On? podcast from the AEI is co-hosted by Pletka and Marc Thiessen.


Howard J. Wiarda described Pletka as not being a neoconservative, but Eli Lake described her as a well-known neoconservative. Jacob Heilbrunn stated in a 2008 commentary that Peltka had been “closely identified with neocon positions on Iraq and Iran. However, neocons are now extremely hostile toward her, claiming that she is trying to eradicate neocon influence at AEI because she formerly worked for Jesse Helms, who represented more conventional Republican foreign-policy principles.

Pletka understood that she was “not a big fan of torture” but argued that it could be justified in certain situations during a conflict, such as “if it is imperative to find out something at that moment.” Pletka criticized the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture in 2014, which found the agency guilty of using torture methods. She argued that the CIA techniques produced usable intelligence and were legally permitted by the Justice Department, calling the report “Feinstein’s partisan screed”.

In a 2020 op-ed for The Washington Post, Pletka expressed her concern that Democratic nominee Joe Biden “would begin an assault on the institutions of government that preserve the nation’s small ‘d’ democracy” and expressed the possibility that she “may be forced to vote for” Republican incumbent President Donald Trump because “he wears his sins on the outside.” The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri made fun of this op-ed in an article titled “I can’t believe you’re forcing me to vote for Trump, which I didn’t already want to do.”

Personal Life

Danielle Pletka holds straight sexuality. As for her marital status, she is a married man. She tied the knot with Stephen Rademaker. Her husband is a professional ex-assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation (including head of the Bureau of Arms Control) in the administration of President George W. Bush.

Danielle Pletka – Net Worth 2024

This professional conservative commentator has earned a hefty amount of money throughout her career. Danielle Pletka has a net worth of $5 million as of 2023. But she hasn’t mentioned her salary and other asset values.

Social Media

Reflecting on her social media presence, Danielle Pletka is only active on Twitter. She joined Twitter in April 2009 and has more than 14K followers on her account ‘@dpletka’. However, she is not active on other social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and so on.

Danielle Pletka – Body Measurements

Talking about her physical stats, Danielle Pletka has a well-maintained body personality. However, there is no information about her height, weight, body size, dress size, bra size, shoe size, and so on. But looking at her pictures we can assume that she has a pair of black eyes with brown colored hair.