Christianity & National Security: Exploring Church Teaching on Government’s Divine Vocation

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Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy is hosting this groundbreaking two-day conference on essential historic Christian teaching about God’s purpose for government, starting with its vocation for security and public order. The conference will include leading scholars and practitioners of political theology and national security. They will address issues such as Just War teaching, nuclear weapons, Reinhold Niebuhr, Christian Realism, nationalism, international human rights, American Exceptionalism, torture, and terrorism. This event is open to all but is especially aimed at Christian young people who are graduate students or early career. Event includes two lunches and two breakfasts. Scholarships are available to students, military and clergy.


Date: November 2 & 3


Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center

3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Hotel rooms are available at Georgetown University Hotel for $189 per night. Reservations can be made here.


Walter Russell Mead

James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College

Walter Russell Mead is Editor-at-Large of The American Interest magazine, author Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World.

Joseph E. Capizzi

Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America

Joseph E. Capizzi is Research Fellow at the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Thomas Farr

Associate professor of practice of religion and world affairs at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service

Thomas Farr is director of Religious Freedom Research Project at Berkley Center, president of the Religious Freedom Institute.

Joseph Hartman

Attorney, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Department of Government

Joseph Hartman wrote his doctoral dissertation titled “In His Image: God and Man in the Political Philosophy of Reinhold Niebuhr.”.

Marc LiVecche

Managing editor of Providence and Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at the Institute on Religion and Democracy

Marc LiVecche completed doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, dissertation: With Malice Toward None: The Moral Ground for Killing in War.

Debra Erickson

Instructor in Philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Debra Erickson is a scholar of social and political ethics, interested in the public applications of her work. Her areas of competence include economic, environmental, and medical ethics; religion, politics, and ethics; and topics in global ethics. She have significant experience in higher education and the public sector.

Travis Wussow

Serves as the Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Travis led the ERLC’s first international office located in the Middle East prior to joining the Washington DC office. He received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.

Dr. Joshua W. Walker

A recent contributor to Providence

Dr. Joshua W. Walker serves as the Global Head of Strategic Initiatives and Japan in the Office of the President at Eurasia Group, the world’s leading political risk consultancy.

David Shedd

Over 30 year career in intelligence and diplomacy including acting director of Defense Intelligence Agency

David Shedd is a former Deputy Director of National Intelligence, CIA Chief of Congressional Liaison, and postings in Costa Rica and Mexico. Visiting distinguished fellow in Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security & Foreign Policy & Adjunct Professor at Patrick Henry College.

Keith Pavlischek

Military affairs expert with focus on just war theory and ethics of war

Keith Pavlischek is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel with Iraq and Afghanistan service, author of John Courtney Murray and the Dilemma of Religious Toleration.

Daniel Strand

Postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at the Arizona State University

Daniel Strand is a contributing Editor to Providence.

Paul Marshall

International religious liberty scholar affiliated with Baylor University

Paul Marshall is a scholar affliate with the Hudson Institute and Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, Indonesia.

Robert Nicholson

Founder and Executive Director of The Philos Project, and a publisher of Providence

Robert Nicholson is a former U.S. Marine and a 2012-13 Tikvah Fellow. Robert's advocacy focuses on spreading the vision of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Middle East based on freedom and rule of law.

Emilie Kao

Director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation

Emilie Kao was formerly with U.S. State Department and The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Mary Habeck

Adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced & International Studies

Mary Habeck held appointment with the National Security Council and served as associate professor of history at Yale University.

Matthew Kroenig

Associate Professor in Department of Government and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Senior Fellow in Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council

Matthew Kroenig is the author or editor of six books, including the forthcoming, The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy (Oxford University Press). His articles have appeared in many publications, including: American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, The Wall Street Journal, & The Washington Post.

John P. Gallagher

John P. Gallagher
Senior Vice President at Tracker Capital Management. Former president/CEO of Institute for Global Engagement

John P. Gallagher is a former Special Assistant to the Chairman of Joint Chiefs, Commander of U.S. Central Command, & Commander of International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Taught U.S. politics/counterterrorism at West Point. 25 years in U.S. Army deployed to Egypt, Kosovo & Afghanistan. Co-editor of Debating the War of Ideas (2009).

Faith McDonnell

Faith McDonnell
Director of Religious Liberty Programs and of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan

Faith McDonnell writes and speaks on the subject of the persecuted church and has organized rallies and vigils for Sudan in front of the White House, the State Department, the Canadian Embassy, and the Sudanese Embassy. She has drafted legislation on religious persecution for the Episcopal Church and for the United States Congress. In June 2007, her book, Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children, was published by Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Matt Gobush

Matt Gobush
Served at the National Security Council in the Clinton White House

Matt Gobush served at the National Security Council in the Clinton White House, and as chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on International Peace and Justice. He currently works in government relations in Washington, DC for an energy corporation.


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