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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The Englishwoman Who Created Iraq?

Letters from Baghdad is an intriguing new documentary film about Gertrude Bell, the English adventurer and evidently self taught cartographer…

Countess Mountbatten, Terrorism, & Reconciliation

Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, died last week and will be buried tomorrow.

Helmut Kohl’s Christian Democracy

Helmut Kohl will be forever recalled as Germany’s longest serving chancellor since Bismarck, as Reagan’s stalwart ally during the Cold War, and as the unifier of a divided Germany.

Lord Fairfax & the Special Relationship

Nicholas, 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, spoke to an attentive Fairfax City audience on Brexit and Britain’s special relationship with America.

Germany at Our Throat or Feet Germany Role in World
Germany at Our Throat or Feet?

There are several famous sardonic quotes about Germany’s role in the world. One is Churchill’s 1943 remark after Germany surrendered in North Africa: “The Hun is always either at your throat or your feet.”

New Churchill Movie Is Flop

No historical movie is historically accurate, as movies are always mainly about entertainment not instruction. Some biopics depart from truthful…

Star Wars 40 Years Ago American Renewal Responsibility Patriotism
“Star Wars” 40 Years Ago

The rhapsodic public reception that Star Wars received 40 years ago in America, even as it was originally banned in the Soviet Union, was part of a larger, slowly emerging renewal of American confidence in its democratic principles and in its global responsibilities.

Christians and American Empire
Christians and American Empire

Preoccupation with “empire” by some American Christian elites may be back now that Donald Trump is president.

Burying a Hero & Recalling a Generation

Friday I attended a memorial service at Fort Myer for Nixon-era Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, who died in November at…

America, Lincoln & World

This week I heard William Pederson of Louisiana State University and director of the International Lincoln Center speak on Abraham…