Theo Sitther

As an Advocacy Team Trainer, Theo provides teams with extra support to be strong communities and advocates.

Previously, Theo directed the peacebuilding program at FCNL and oversaw the work of the peacebuilding team. He lobbied 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

FCNL in the News Theo Sitther Radio Interview - By Any Means Necessary 

Theo discusses State Department funding with radio host Eugene Puryear.

Update Congress Weighs In: Don't Gut the State Department 

Members of Congress are speaking out against President Trump's plan to slash foreign assistance.

Press Release Cuts to the State Department Will Diminish American Leadership 

Funding cuts will damage U.S. security

President Trump’s budget will diminish American leadership in the world, further entangle the military in overseas conflict as the primary foreign policy tool and ultimately increase costs to taxpayers.

Action Alert A Dangerous Signal: Legislation to Defund the United Nations 

Cutting funding to the United Nations sends a dangerous message.

Update Blueprint on Preventing Violence for the Next President 

We are excited to announce the convening of a high-level Experts Committee on Preventing Mass Violence to review current United States government prevention efforts. The final product will be a report with specific recommendations for the 45th President on advancing a comprehensive agenda to prevent mass violence.

Update Good News for Atrocities Prevention; More to Do 

Good news! In early May 2016, the Senate agreed to keep the Atrocities Prevention Board working through 2017. The board is the linchpin of U.S. efforts to help stop violence before it erupts.

Background Cambodia: Preventing Genocide Was "Not an Option" 

Failure to prevent mass killings of innocent civilians is an ever present stain on our collective conscience. Too often competing interests of national security or geopolitics take precedence over human life and our responsibility to prevent is too often sidelined.

Update Remembering Guatemala's Genocide 

Panabaj is a tiny village in Guatemala with one big distinction: The military can never enter.

Update Remembering Guatemala's Genocide 

A few years ago, I traveled to Guatemala where I visited the community of Panabaj, a small Mayan village on the shores of Lake Atitlan. I was working for a humanitarian NGO that was carrying out a relief project in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan.

Press Release FCNL Welcomes Bill to Prevent Genocide and Atrocities 

Thanks Leadership of Senators Cardin, Tillis and Others

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomes introduction of legislation that would focus the U.S. government at the highest levels on effective early prevention of violent conflict as an alternative to the often ineffective late military intervention that has become a hallmark of U.S. policy.