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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Iran Hostages Redux

The revelation of a $400 million cash delivery to Iran early this year that coincided with the release of U.S….

Three French Presidents, a Cardinal & a Martyr
Three French Presidents, a Cardinal & a Martyr

It’s somewhat unusual to see many senior French officials together in church. But three French presidents attended the mass at…

The Killing Fields

Some years ago I watched on television the compelling 1984 film The Killing Fields, in which Sam Waterston plays an…

Turkey Coup
Military Coups & Just Order

The historic English speaking world hasn’t had a military coup in over 350 years since Oliver Cromwell dispersed the Long…

Our Kind of Traitor
Traitors, Bombs & Christendom

The new international thriller film Our Kind of Traitor, based on a 2010 novel by master spy raconteur John LeCarré, is surprisingly inspiring.

ISIS Merkel Migrants
ISIS, Merkel, & Migrants

From the Winter 2016 Issue of the Print Edition

Israel, Africa, and Entebbe Raid

July 4 marked the 40th anniversary of Israel’s daring rescue of hijacked airline passengers captive to Palestinian and German terrorists…

Nazi-Soviet Conflagration

June 22 marked the 75th anniversary of the Nazi German invasion of the Soviet Union, code named Operation Barbarossa, which was the most murderous conflict in human history.

France’s 1968 Chaos & Democracy’s Fragility

June 23 marks the anniversary of the greatest electoral triumph in French history, with supporters of President DeGaulle winning over…

Thank You, Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth just celebrated her 90th birthday.  In the global public eye since becoming the royal heir in 1936 upon…