Theo Sitther

Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding Policy

Theo Sitther

Theo Sitther directs the peacebuilding program at FCNL and oversees the work of the peacebuilding team. Theo lobbies to change and reform militarized counterterrorism policies with a particular focus on military assistance.

Theo’s writing has appeared in The Hill and U.S. News and World Report. He has also been interviewed by CCTV and RT. As part of his work with FCNL, Theo has traveled to Kenya and Burundi.

Theo is listed as a security assistance expert by the Forum on Arms Trade. He serves on the board of directors of the Latin America Working Group and on the advisory board of the Charity and Security Network.

Theo received his M.A. in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. His graduate studies focused on the intersection between conflict, development, and peacebuilding. He also holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Eastern University.

Prior to joining FCNL in April 2014, Theo worked for Mennonite Central Committee as the Senior Legislative Associate for International Affairs, where he led advocacy efforts related to Haiti, Colombia, Afghanistan, and North Korea. As part of his work with MCC, Theo has traveled to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Laos, Mexico, North Korea, South Korea, and Vietnam. Before joining MCC in 2006 Theo worked at the Center on Conscience & War as the lobbyist for conscientious objector rights and as a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline.

Articles by Theo Sitther

Update Congress Restores Funds for Peacebuilding 

Just like last year, President Donald Trump slashed funding for key peacebuilding accounts in his budget request. And just like last year, Congress rejected his cuts.

Update Elie Wiesel Act Signed into Law! 

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act is now law of the land.

Update Americans Want Peace. The 116th Congress Should Listen. 

When asked what would be most effective in creating long-term peace, most Americans favor diplomacy and policy solutions over military intervention. The new Congress should heed constituent voices and invest in peacebuilding.

Action Alert Breaking: The House Just Voted to Promote Peace 

Great news! Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act with overwhelming bipartisan support!

Action Alert Breaking: The Senate is Preparing to Vote on a More Peaceful World  

Yesterday, the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with overwhelming bipartisan support!

Update A Major Step toward the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict 

A key Congressional Committee just took the first major step in years to insist the U.S. government needs to invest more in preventing violence and war and put money, staff time and interagency resources into addressing the root causes of insecurity and violent conflict.

Press Release 34 Groups Oppose Trump Administration’s Rescission of the Complex Crises Fund 

FCNL along with other faith, humanitarian, human rights, and peacebuilding organizations call on Congress to reject the Trump administration's proposed rescission of the Complex Crises Fund.

Update An Ecumenical Delegation for Peace from South Sudan 

On April 24, FCNL along with Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hosted a dinner with church leaders in the U.S. and an ecumenical delegation from the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC). The dinner provided an opportunity to discuss how people in the United States can support local efforts to build peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.

FCNL in the News Congress Can Act to Prevent Genocide and Atrocities 

With the recent escalation of the war in Syria, it is clear that Congress needs to demonstrate their leadership and pass the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R.3030; S.1158).

Update Congress Needs a Push on Conflict Prevention 

This month, Congress has an important opportunity to take concrete steps to bolster our government’s ability to build peace and prevent atrocities against civilians. Early action to prevent violence will reduce the need for late military intervention, protect lives, and save taxpayer money. This is why it’s important for us to take stock, remember the past, and work to prevent future outbreaks of violence. Members of Congress can help support conflict prevention, but they need a push to get there.