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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American Permanence?

Walter Russell Mead on Friday eve wonderfully spoke about the influence of eschatology on American foreign policy to our Providence/Davenant…

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Marine Le Pen, France, & the Holocaust

Leading French National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has sparked controversy by claiming France bears no responsibility for French police collaboration in the 1942 Vél d’Hiv arrest of 13,000 Jews, who were shipped to their demise at Auschwitz.

Syria & American DNA

It’s been widely noted that the U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase seem at odds with Donald Trump’s electioneering opposition to American intervention. But there should be little surprise.

America Joins WWI 100 Years Ago This Week

Woodrow Wilson’s war speech contains many distinctive assertions illustrating how Americans then, before and now view their nation, the world, and war.

Ike’s Military Industrial Complex

Bret Baier’s new book Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission focuses on Ike’s 1961 farewell speech eschewing the “military industrial complex.”

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LBJ’s Australian Bromance 

The recent unpleasant telephone call between the USA president and Australian premier over refugees contrasts with the bromance between LBJ and Harold Holt.

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Churchill’s White House Bust & Spirit of Liberty

A bust of Winston Churchill, on loan from the British government, has returned to the Oval Office after having been controversially returned to the British.

George Marshall, Christian Soldier

Visiting historic, charming Lexington, Virginia is a tonic for the soul, and among its ornaments is the General George Marshall…

Bradley Manning, Alger Hiss & Dean Acheson

President Obama’s commutation of U.S. Army traitor Bradley, aka Chelsea, Manning’s 35-year prison sentence for violating the Espionage Act, among other crimes, raises important spiritual questions.

Last Days of Stalin

At the moment of her father’s death, Josef Stalin’s daughter recalled: “He suddenly lifted his left hand as though he…