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.

theo@fcnl.org

Articles by Theo Sitther

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.

FCNL in the News Omnibus Targets Arms Sales to Human Rights Violators 

Theo Sitther was interviewed by CQ Roll Call about a provision in the Omnibus spending bill requiring DOD to update Congress on whether U.S. arms sales have contributed to human rights violations abroad.

Letter Christmas Letter to Vice President Mike Pence 

In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, leaders of Christian organizations, denominations, and relief agencies, call on the Trump administration to fully fund diplomatic, humanitarian, and peacebuilding assistance to communities across the globe affected by violent conflict.

Update 2017 Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference  

Financing Peacebuilding Work: State of Foundation and Government Funding

Theo Sitther spoke at the 2017 Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference on a panel titled Financing Peacebuilding Work: State of Foundation and Government Funding. Theo spoke about the outlook on U.S. government funding for peacebuilding and the need to lobby Congress to increase support for peacebuilding.

Update U.S. Role in the World: Peaceful Engagement or Military Might? 

In the midst of efforts to radically reorganize the federal government, bolster military strength over diplomacy, development, and peacebuilding, Congress is pushing back.

Statement Holding Kenya in the Light 

We hold Kenya in the Light as the country enters into a crucial post-election period.

Update Elections in Kenya – Recommendations to the U.S. Government 

Friends in Kenya are calling on the U.S. government to take early action to prevent violence in Kenya's upcoming presidential elections.

Update Senators Raise Concern about Arms Deal with Nigeria 

The Trump administration plans to sell weaponized aircraft to Nigeria. U.S. Senators raise concerns about human rights violations by the Nigerian military and urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to reconsider the decision.

Update White House Budget Weakens U.S. Foreign Policy 

The President’s first budget request to Congress further militarizes U.S. foreign policy. Trump’s FY18 budget makes the world a much more dangerous place by slashing diplomacy and development programs. In the name of cost saving and efficiency the White House is proposing to cut important programs that prevent violent conflict, build peace and save lives.