Matt Gobush

Matt Gobush is a contributing editor to Providence and previously served on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration, the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and the US Senate. He currently serves on the Standing Commission for World Mission of the Episcopal Church. Matt works in the private sector and lives in Virginia with his wife and five internationally adopted children.
The Religious Sources of Russian Conduct
The Religious Sources of Russian Conduct

To Russians, it was a cause for war; to Americans, a category error. Last October, the Orthodox Christian Ecumenical Patriarch…

Christian Democrat: Joe Biden’s Faith-Shaped Foreign Policy
Christian Democrat: Joe Biden’s Faith-Shaped Foreign Policy

If there’s one candidate among the Democrats vying for the presidency who needs no introduction, it’s Joe Biden. He held…

Dictatorships and Democracy: Kagan Contra Kirkpatrick
Dictatorships and Democracy: Kagan Contra Kirkpatrick

Kirkpatrick has since passed from the scene, but her influence lives on, as evidenced in Robert Kagan’s exhaustive essay “The Strongmen Strike Back.”

Remember Rwanda by Renewing the Responsibility to Protect
Remember Rwanda by Renewing the Responsibility to Protect

The international community should renew the responsibility to protect and empower regional organizations to uphold it. Such would be a fitting remembrance of the Rwanda genocide.

Outlawing Indifference: Elie Wiesel Act Arms US to Combat Genocide
Outlawing Indifference: Elie Wiesel Act Arms US to Combat Genocide

The US has reached a milestone in overcoming indifference and realizing Elie Wiesel’s vision of vigilant leadership in the fight against genocide.

Trump’s Foreign Policy and the Sowing of Illiberal Disorder

A disruptive foreign policy, such as the Trump Administration’s, is not necessarily disordering, and may even be warranted, especially when the status quo is unstable or unjust.  But to be justified morally, it must be creatively destructive, replacing the old order with a new one.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Duke University professor Stanley Hauerwas Offer Different Visions for Church's Role in the World
The Archbishop and the Academic: Welby and Hauerwas Offer Different Accounts of the Church’s Role in the World

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby advocates for an “extremist” church, confident in its transformative power. Duke University professor Stanley Hauerwas advocates for a pacifist church, bearing witness to nonviolence.

Resurrecting Woodrow Wilson: A Christian Critique of Liberal Internationalism
Resurrecting Woodrow Wilson: A Christian Critique of Liberal Internationalism

On January 8, 1918—one hundred years ago—President Woodrow Wilson mounted the rostrum of the House of Representatives, America’s inner sanctum of democracy, to deliver one of the most consequential speeches in history.

Speaking Love to Power: The Prophecy and Policy of Bishop Curry
Speaking Love to Power: The Prophecy and Policy of Bishop Curry

Missing from Bp. Curry’s message during the royal wedding is an appreciation of sin, its persistence and its power to corrupt human relationships. His is a prophecy filled with hope, but lacking humility. And in this, he bears false witness to our fallen world.

The Third Camp - Reinhold Niebuhr Theology and American Foreign Policy
The Third Camp: Reinhold Niebuhr’s Theology and American Foreign Policy

From the ashes of both Bryan’s ignoble isolationism and Wilson’s utopian universalism rose the school of Christian realism advocated by Reinhold Niebuhr.