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

Statement Six Reasons to Support the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act 

Senator Ben Cardin, joined by Senator Thom Tillis and several others, has introduced legislation that would authorize a permanent, inter-agency Atrocities Prevention Board that will focus the U.S. government at the highest levels on early prevention of violent conflict as an essential part of our national security strategy.

Background Support the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act 

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Preventing genocide and mass atrocities is a core national security interest of the United States. Right now, over 60 million people have been displaced by conflict worldwide – a number even higher than during World War II. This has required growing expenditures to support life-saving humanitarian assistance and has led to other cost-intensive interventions.

Statement Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act Summary 

Senator Ben Cardin, joined by Senator Thom Tillis and several others, introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act to authorize a permanent, inter-agency Atrocities Prevention Board that mobilizes the U.S. government at the highest levels to focus on early prevention of violent conflict.

Background The Dangers of Security Assistance 

United States security cooperation, also known as security assistance or building partner capacity, is a large and growing tool in the Obama administration’s foreign policy toolbox.

FCNL in the News On Visit to Kenya, President Obama Should Push for Change 

President Obama is set to visit his father's homeland, which no doubt will be meaningful for Mr. Obama and for Kenyans who share a special connection to this US president with ancestral roots in Kenya.

Update Kenya: Lessons for U.S. Policy 

What are the consequences of a militarized counterterrorism policy? How can the U.S. help build peace? Kenya provides examples both of a failed military-first approach and the alternatives.

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