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

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Korea, America & Providential Duty

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