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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Decadent USA vs Virtuous China?

May America amid its sins seek virtue and justice. And may America never be at peace with a world led by tyrants.

Gregory J. Moore on Niebuhrian International Relations
Gregory J. Moore on Niebuhrian International Relations

In this video, Mark Tooley interviews Gregory J. Moore, author of “Niebuhrian International Relations: The Ethics of Foreign Policymaking.”

Marksism — No. 46: Armenian Genocide Recognition and American “Suckers”
Marksism — No. 46: Armenian Genocide Recognition and American “Suckers”

In this episode, the editors discuss articles by Peter Burns and Alberto M. Fernandez about the Armenian Genocide and President…

Marksism — No. 45: George Floyd & Justice, Religious Liberty, and Jemar Tisby

In this episode of Marksism, Mark Tooley and Marc LiVecche discuss Dan Strand’s Christian Realist perspective on the George Floyd verdict, a critical review of Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise, and Ian Speir’s review of Andrew Walker’s Liberty for All.

Marksism — No. 44: Syria, American Ideals, and Playful Realists
Marksism — No. 44: Syria, American Ideals, and Playful Realists

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss Richard Jordan’s “Where Are the Playful Realists?” Mark Tooley’s “Global Backstop for Democracy,” and Brian Stewart’s “The Syrian Revolution Turns 10.”

Global Backstop for Democracy

America is audacious and globally indispensable chiefly because of its soaring ideals. And those ideals speak to the world in the measured but constant affirmation of benevolence and good will to all who reciprocate. May it always be good news when a mighty American ship anchors in a distant harbor in times of trouble.

Marksism — No. 43: How to Compete with China and Virtual Reality
Marksism — No. 43: How to Compete with China and Virtual Reality

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss Luke Syrianos’ “Virtual Reality and Christian Politics,” Mark Melton’s “Cold War with China Hits Fashion Industry during H&M Boycott,” Alan Dowd’s “China Takes Aim at the Postwar Order,” and Jimmy Lewis’ “Christians Must Not Be Silent on China’s Human Rights Abuses.”

Marksism — No. 42: Holy Week, Afghanistan, and International Religious Liberty
Marksism — No. 42: Holy Week, Afghanistan, and International Religious Liberty

In this week’s episode, the editors cover Mark Tooley’s article about Afghanistan, Jeffrey Cimmino’s article about religious liberty and national security, and Marc LiVecche’s series about Holy Week.

Leaving Afghanistan

Nations great and small largely determine their own destiny under the mercy or judgment of an ever watchful Providence.

Marksism — No. 41: Afghanistan, Locke, and America’s Future
Marksism — No. 41: Afghanistan, Locke, and America’s Future

In this episode of Marksism, the editors discuss a review of Joshua Mitchell’s “American Awakening” that mentions John Locke, an…