Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley is the president of the Institute of Religion and Democracy (IRD).  He also serves as editor of the new evangelical foreign policy and national security journal Providence.  The topic of his lecture is "Christian Political Witness & God's Vocation for Government."

Prior to joining the IRD Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia. A lifelong United Methodist, he has been active in United Methodist renewal since 1988, when he wrote a study about denominational funding of pro-Marxist groups for his local congregation. He attends a United Methodist church in Alexandria, Virginia.  Tooley became president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) in 2009. He joined IRD in 1994 to found its United Methodist committee (UMAction). 

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. His articles about the political witness of America's churches have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, First Things, Patheos, World, Christianity Today, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, Washington Examiner, Human Events, The Washington Times, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Touchstone, The Chicago Tribune,The New York Post, and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television.

Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs. He is also the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a senior editor of The New Atlantis, and a contributing editor to National Review and the Weekly Standard. He has been a member of the White House domestic policy staff (under President George W. Bush), executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and a congressional staffer. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and First Things. He holds a BA from American University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

John Inazu

John Inazu is a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of “Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference” (University of Chicago Press, 2016). He is a member of the board of trustees of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Colin Moran

Colin Moran has a B.A. from Duke University, an M. Stud. from Oxford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He worked from 1997-1999 as an investment banking associate at Goldman Sachs. From 1999-2005 he was an associate and then partner at Chieftain Capital. In 2006, he founded Abdiel Capital, a $400 million private investment fund that seeks to deliver attractive absolute returns and outperform the U.S. equity markets. He currently sits on the boards of First Things and the Chiaroscuro Foundation.

Joseph Loconte

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an associate professor of history at the King's College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization and American foreign policy. His lecture is entitled, "Tolkien, Lewis, and the Great War." He is the author of The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler's Gathering Storm and, most recently, The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt. He writes widely about international human rights, religious freedom, and the role of faith in U.S. foreign policy. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and National Public Radio.

Loconte is also the author of A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918.

Dr. Thomas Farr

Thomas F. Farr is President of the Religious Freedom Institute, an NGO committed to achieving worldwide acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security.

Farr is also Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and International Affairs at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown’s Berkley Center. He is a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.

A graduate of Mercer University, with a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Farr has served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Foreign Service. He has taught history at the U.S. Military Academy and international relations at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a State Department advisor to the American delegation during U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva, and led an interagency task force to draft verification provisions for the START II Treaty.

Between 1999 and 2003 Farr was the founding director of the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom. He has served as director of the Witherspoon Institute's Task Force on International Religious Freedom, a member of the Chicago World Affairs Council’s Task Force on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, and a member of the Secretary of State’s working group on International Religious Freedom, Democracy, and Stability. Farr teaches regularly at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC, and is currently a consultant to the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference.

Dr. Farr is a contributing editor for the Review of Faith and International Affairs and of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and Foreign Policy. His work has appeared in many edited volumes, law journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, First Things, America Magazine, New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on PBS, America Abroad, Book TV, Al Jazeera, Alhurra, Fox News, EWTN, CBN, and many radio outlets. His first book, World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security, was published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Farr serves on the Administrative Board of Aid to the Church in Need; the Boards of Directors of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Christian Solidarity Worldwide-USA, and the St. Veronica’s Rangers; and the Boards of Advisors of the Alexander Hamilton Society and the National Museum of American Religion. He has been recognized for lifetime contributions to religious freedom by the group In Defense of Christians, and is a recipient of the Jan Karski Wellspring of Freedom Award, presented by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.

Dr. Farr’s wife, Margaret McPherson Farr, is a watercolor artist. They are Roman Catholics and have three daughters and ten grandchildren.

Dr. Pat Fagan

Dr. Pat Fagan is from Dublin, Ireland, where he trained as a psychologist before practicing in Canada for five years as a child, family and marriage therapist. He came American University to pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology, but on discovering that a federally funded program was undermining the family life of one of his clients he concluded that the bigger madness was on Capitol Hill, and switched fields. He gradually learned to use the social sciences in the public discourse while working at The Free Congress Foundation, then for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at HHS under President George Herbert Bush, and later at the Heritage Foundation as their first Fellow in Family and Culture Studies. After 13 years there he went to Family Research Council to found The Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI.us) there. Rather than writing books on social science findings (which only a small number would purchase and even smaller number would read), instead launched the online encyclopedia Marripedia.org which has generates thousands of hits per month. Pat contends that the social sciences well done cannot but illustrate the way God made man and thus are a great ally to those who uphold natural law while being a powerful threat to those who advocate the violation of natural law. MARRI, with the full support of FRC, has recently moved to The Catholic University of America to expand its work there.

Dr. Sebastian Gorka

Sebastian L. Gorka, Ph.D. serves as the Vice President and Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University where he provided courses and lectures on Irregular Warfare. Before that, he was Associate Dean of Congressional Affairs and Relations to the Special Operations Community at National Defense University.

He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization and has testified before Congress and briefed the CIA, ODNI, NCTC, NIC, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. His website,TheGorkaBriefing.com, is a collection of his national security commentary and analysis. He served as a subject matter expert for the Office of the US Attorney in Boston for the Tsarnaev trial.

Dr. Gorka is an Adjunct Professor with USSOCOM’s Joint Special Operations University where he serves as Lead Instructor for the Special Operations Combating Terrorism (SOCbT) course, as well as the interagency and senior/executive counterterrorism courses. He is also an Adjunct Professor in National Security at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and is a regular instructor with the US Army’s Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg and for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

Dr. Gorka has advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense regarding the draft guidance for US Strategic Communications and was consulted by USSOCOM during the drafting of the new Joint Operating Concept for Irregular Warfare. He is currently heading up a strategic support project for US Army Special Operations Command as part of Lt. General Charles Cleveland’s Army Special Operations Forces 2022 initiative. Dr. Gorka is a recipient of the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Commendation, awarded by US Special Operation Command.

Dr. Gorka currently serves as the Chairman of the Threat Knowledge Group (ThreatKnowledge.org) based in McLean, VA, which provides high-level training and analysis at the strategic and operational level to those in the Defense, Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security communities. He is the co-author of the public TKG reports, “ISIS: The Threat to the United States,” and “The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement.”

Previously, he served as the founding Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security, the Director for the Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy, and the Director and Military Affairs Fellow for the National Security Fellowship Program at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He spent four years on the faculty of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany. Dr. Gorka worked as an analyst at the Rand Corporation and was a member of the Strategic Advisers Group on the Atlantic Council of the United States.

He has published in excess of 140 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the UK, and Special Warfare, the official publication of US Army Special Operations Command. Along with Dr. Chris Harmon and the late COL Nick Pratt (USMC), he was contributor and co-editor of Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism (McGraw Hill). With Dr. David Kilcullen, he co-authored a study of Al Qaeda’s use of strategic communications for the Praeger title, Influence Warfare. His new book, Defeating Jihad: How America can win the war against radical Islam quickly and decisively using a secret Cold War strategy, will be published in 2016. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA).

Dr. Gorka holds a Ph.D. in political science from Corvinus University in Budapest with his dissertation on “The Evolution of Terrorism: The Difference Between Cold War Political Violence and al Qaeda.” He was a Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard’s J. F. Kennedy School of Government focusing on public policy and international security, as well as an International Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College. He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at Budapest University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of London.

Dr. Gorka was born in the UK to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and is fluent in Hungarian with working knowledge of German and French. In the UK, he served with 22 Company of the Intelligence and Security Group (V) of the British Territorial Army reserve but is now a proud American. He is married to Katharine Cornell Gorka, President of the Threat Knowledge Group as well as the Council on Global Security.

Patrick Trueman

As president of the National Center of Sexual Exploitation, Patrick Trueman spearheads efforts to change corporate policies that facilitate sexual exploitation through the Dirty Dozen List. This aggressive project, educates executives, galvanizes public attention, and spurs popular actions to defend human dignity. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman established the NCOSE Law Center, which serves as a resource for legal efforts to combat illegal pornography, sexually oriented businesses, and to bring innovative lawsuits against public institutions facilitating sexual exploitation. In 2010, he founded PornHarmsResearch.com to provide peer-reviewed research and talking points on the harms of pornography.

On a global level, Mr. Trueman leads NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, an international coalition, which boasts nearly 300 organizations and academic experts who are committed to sharing strategies and resources for combating public & private harms caused by pornography.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity. He managed an office of twenty of prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his 37 years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled to Europe, South American, the Middle East, and other areas to speak about human trafficking or the effects of television sex and violence on the family.

Mr. Trueman served as chief of staff to a Member of the United States Congress. From 1976 to 1982, he was Executive Director and General Counsel to Americans United for Life, a national public interest law firm in Chicago. He lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children, Patrick, Claire, and Elizabeth.