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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East Germany’s “Purple Witch”

The once powerful and widely despised widow of communist East Germany’s last dictator, herself unrepentant until the end about her…

Churchill’s Never Surrender & God’s Good Time

Yesterday June 6 was the anniversary of D-Day. June 4 was the anniversary of Churchill’s most famous speech, his “Never…

Birthday with Hitler

There was an interesting exchange of articles recently about Pope Pius XII and Finnish WWII leader Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil…

Saigon’s Fall & Father Berrigan’s Death

Yesterday April 30 the controversial Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan died at age 94 after 70 years of intense political activism,…

Obama, Cromwell & Royal Bows

The pics of the Obamas meeting little Prince George, British royal heir, in his bathrobe were very cute. More distressing…

Bonhoeffer & Anti-Nazi Martyrs

April 9 was the anniversary of the executions of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer and five fellow anti-Nazi conspirators in 1945 at…

Obama, Kissinger & Argentine Tango

President Obama danced the Tango literally and figuratively while in Argentina.  The figurative dance was his “apology” as some described…

Post-Protestant Nirvana

The latest World Happiness Report ranks all the world’s countries by happiness, based on polling of residents plus levels of GDP, life…

Reagan, Missile Defense & Religious Right

On March 23, 1983 President Reagan delivered his famous “Star Wars” speech urging that the USA pivot away from a…

Spanish Civil War Survivor

Del Berg, age 100, died last week, reputedly the last of several thousand Americans who fought in the 1930s Spanish…