Religious Freedom, John Paul the Great, and American National Interests

Dr. Thomas Farr

Publications on religious freedom
and national security:
[Widow’s Torment] | [Task Force Series]
[Video of Dr. Farr’s Speech] | [Text of Dr. Farr’s Speech]
Thomas F. Farr (visit Dr. Farr’s website to view his articles and more information) is Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where he directs the Religion and Foreign Policy program.

A former U.S. diplomat, Dr. Farr was the State Department’s first Director of the Office of International Religious Freedom. After a career of 21 years he left the Foreign Service to research and write on religion and U.S. national interests. He has published articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, First Things, The Washington Post, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, The Drake Law Review and The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and has contributed essays to several edited volumes. He has appeared on PBS’s America Abroad, Al Jazeera, and many other media outlets. Farr blogs for the Washington Post’s “On Faith” and the American Principles Project. His own book, World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.

A Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Farr served in the U.S. Army and has taught at both the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a member of the Chicago World Affairs Council’s Task Force on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy. Currently he chairs a task force on international religious freedom for the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., and is a contributing editor for the Review of Faith and International Affairs. Farr is also vice chair of Christian Solidarity Worldwide-USA, which defends religious freedom for all people. He is a recipient of the Jan Karski Wellspring of Freedom Award, presented by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy for contributions to religious freedom. He and his wife, Margaret Farr, have three daughters and eight grandchildren.

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