Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley is IRD’s president and editor of IRD’s foreign policy and national security journal, Providence. Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia. He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008; Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century, published in 2012; and The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War, published in 2015.

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Navalny the Martyr

Of such heroes, like Navalny, Aquino, and Bonhoeffer, it can be said: “The world was not worthy of them.” 

Lech Walesa & Transcendent Truth

Great leaders who advance the cause of humanity are never cynical.

“Paradise” at Auschwitz

How easy it is to look away from horrors if we ourselves are comfortable.

Providential Hope for America & World

God has a special providence for America.

Kissinger, America & Humanity

Kisinger was immune to soaring Yankee optimism. 

Keeping Napoleons in Exile

The West must continue to defend itself from other cultures that still glorify empire and tyranny.

Reinhold Niebuhr’s Rejection

By their fruits he shall know them.

Pondering Coups

Chile 1970-1990 is a warning to all who are tempted to extremism and political absolutism.

“Golda,” Nixon & Russia

Perhaps Meir, who supposedly believed Russia never changes, would also note that Russia never learns.

Oppenheimer, Nukes & Communists

Very smart people, no less than regular people, can become wickedly insane in their political judgments.