Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson, Ph.D., is President & CEO of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC and scholar-at-large and past dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. His expertise, informed by time at the US Department of State and in the military, is on just war thinking, the nexus of religion and national security, and Christian Realism. He is the author or editor of 22 books, including Just American Wars, Politics in a Religious World, and Ending Wars Well.

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Flag Day and Roll Call

On June 14, Washington, D.C. will host the annual Roll Call of Nations wreath-laying ceremony, commemorating those who have been the victims of totalitarian oppression. 

Watching “Leave the World Behind” & Unfairly Maligning Our Military

On Memorial Day, let’s celebrate our military as an institution Americans can still trust

U.S. Congress Demonstrates Global Leadership by Supporting Taiwan, Ukraine, and Israel

Congress’s vote to send military aid to Israel, Taiwan and Ukraine proves that American leadership remains strong in 2024

Is April 5 Still the UN’s International Day of Conscience?  

April 5th is the UN’s International Day of Conscience, but does the world still care about freedom of conscience?

A Return to Ideological Competition: Western Liberal Values or Totalitarianism

Biden’s State of the Union lacked the moral clarity on the civilizational struggle the US is in against China and Russia

Eric Patterson Christianity & National Security 2023

Eric Patterson’s lecture at Christianity & National Security 2023.

Eric Patterson discusses the just war tradition, the Augustine nature of Christian realism, and international order. The following is a transcript of the event.

Niger, Coups, and Violence in West Africa

The July, 2023 coup in Niger has captured global attention as observers note the upward trend in military coups in West Africa

Moral vs. Immoral Resistance Part IV: The Dismal Ethics of Revolutionary Violence

Revolutionary violence is never ethically justified

Moral vs. Immoral Resistance Part III: The American War for Independence

Part 3 of Eric Patterson’s series on Just War

Moral vs. Immoral Resistance Part II: Dietrich Bonhoeffer vs. Colombia’s Terrorists

What is the difference between a terrorist and a freedom-fighter? Part 2 of Eric Patterson’s 4-part series on Just War.