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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Christmas, New Year’s, & War

May our Congress always welcome leaders who fight for liberty.

James Baker’s Cold Realism

His approach in politics and diplomacy made Baker often unappealing to advocates of conviction politics but indispensable to situations needing practical results.

Belshazzar’s Feast

Whether in days, months, years or decades, the regimes in China, Russia and Iran will tumble.

God Bless Iran’s Protesting Women

One of Christian civilization’s greatest accomplishments is the legal and social equality of women.

Guy Fawkes & National Identity

The day has been central to Britain’s unfolding self-identity as  independent, self-governing, defiant, free from domestic and external tyranny. 

Reagan the Peacemaker

The evidence is pretty strong that he deserves a very considerable share of the credit for America’s peaceful victory in the Cold War.

“The Crown” vs “The Empress”

Autocracies might be great for fictionalized entertainment but not for real life.

Putin & Hitler

Putin is not Hitler. But he is a malevolent and paranoid little man who has harnessed a great nation for dangerous purposes.

Celebrating Columbus Day?

We should celebrate Columbus Day soberly and gratefully.

Giorgia Meloni & Secularizing Italy

Hopefully much of Meloni’s rhetoric in this regard is mostly showmanship and she governs pragmatically, not as a crusade of resentment.