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.

His articles about the political witness of America’s churches have appeared in The Wall Street JournalThe American SpectatorFirst ThingsPatheosWorldChristianity TodayThe Weekly StandardNational Review OnlineWashington ExaminerThe Review of Faith and International AffairsTouchstoneThe Chicago TribuneThe New York Post, and elsewhere.

Follow Mark on Twitter: @markdtooley

New Bio on Portuguese Dictator Salazar

Recently a young man told me he had converted from Methodist to Catholic and was politically now a “Salazarian Integralist.”…

Marksism | Ep. 16: On US-China Relations and Moral Ideology, Wesleyan Political Theology, and USCIRF
Marksism | Ep. 16: On US-China Relations and Moral Ideology, Wesleyan Political Theology, and USCIRF

In the weekly Marksism series, Mark Tooley, Mark Melton, and Marc LiVecche discuss the latest content from the week. First,…

Samah Norquist on USAID & Religious Freedom

Samah Norquist as of July 2020 is Chief Advisor for International Religious Freedom at United States Agency for International Development…

Elbridge Colby on China & Ideology

Elbridge Colby is former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development. And he’s co-founder of the Marathon…

Marksism | Ep. 15: On 9/11, Retribution, and a 75-Year-Old Article on Religious Liberty

In this episode Marksism, editors Mark Tooley, Mark Melton, and Marc LiVecche discuss the September 11th terrorist attacks, retribution in…

Marksism | Ep. 14: Reformed Theology, Liberalism, Nuclear Weapons, WWII, and More

In this episode of Marksism, Mark Tooley, Marc LiVecche, and Mark Melton discuss the week’s latest content, including book reviews…

Joe Loconte on WWII’s 75th

Here Joe Loconte and I reflect on 75 years since WWII ended with the September 2, 1945 Tokyo Bay surrender…

Marksism | Ep. 13: On Space Utopia, Artificial Intelligence, and More
Marksism | Ep. 13: On Space Utopia, Artificial Intelligence, and More

In this episode, Mark Tooley, Marc LiVecche, and Mark Melton first discuss a couple articles about artificial intelligence and whether…

WWII, Christian Democracy, & USA-Germany

Mark Tooley speaks with Christian Forstner, who directs the Washington, DC, office of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, which is associated…

Marksism | Episode 11: On Foreign Policy Schools, China, and Christian Realism

In this episode of the weekly series Marksisism, editors Mark Tooley, Mark Melton, and Marc LiVecche discuss the week’s latest…