Thomas Sheppard

The First Thing that Must Change for Iraq to Move Forward
The First Thing that Must Change for Iraq to Move Forward

The United States and the international community could make a difference in the future of Iraq by informing the incoming government that there will be no investment or access to capital markets until these militias, and Iranian influence, have been eliminated.

Alliances for Democracy

This week I attended in Washington, DC, the annual gathering of the International Democratic Union, a coalition of over 70…

Ought Implies Can: A Response to the Pope
Ought Implies Can: A Response to the Pope

A basic rule of discriminating moral reasoning is that we are only obliged to do an action that we are able to do. That is, an ought implies a can.

National Interest, National Purpose: Reimagining Morality and Foreign Policy
National Interest, National Purpose: Reimagining Morality and Foreign Policy

The United States was the first modern polity to claim political legitimacy on the basis of its recognition of certain truths, hard-wired into the human condition, about the human person and freedom. It would be unworthy of us not to take that history seriously as we think about our responsibilities in the world in the twenty-first century.

Pope Francis is Wrong about the Morality of Nuclear Weapons
Pope Francis is Wrong about the Morality of Nuclear Weapons

The pontiff is right to express concern about the risks of accidental detonation and the employment of nuclear weapons. He’s just wrong on how best to increase the chances of preventing their employment.

Orbán, Imperfect Protector of “Christian Europe”

Hungary’s leadership in bringing the plight of persecuted Christians to the attention of an apathetic West should be applauded. Yet these good works should not obfuscate the problematic developments within Hungary.

William McRaven - New York Times
McRaven’s McStake

If William McRaven is truly concerned about the trust the military has earned across our society, he would be more reluctant to drag it into the political muck.

Sign the Law, Stand with Hong Kong

Last week, the Hong Kong Democracy and Human Rights Act overwhelmingly passed both legislative chambers with veto-proof majorities. Republicans and…

The Problem with Catholic Integralism in One Tweet - Adrian Vermeule
The Problem with Catholic Integralism in One Tweet

Integralism is confused because it misunderstands the epoch of history in which Christians now live. Jesus is king, yes, but a long tradition of theology understands that Jesus’ kingdom has been inaugurated, though not yet consummated in full.

An Iraq for All Iraqis? - Iraq Protest 2019
An Iraq for All Iraqis?

Religious minorities hope the Iraqi protest movement can reshape the country to serve the interests of all Iraqis