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Video Dialogues with Dr. Dennis Nilsen


Dennis Nilsen holds a doctorate in politics from The Catholic University of America (2018) and also an MA in History (University of Scranton) and an MS in Library Science (Long Island University). 


Of great interest to Dr. Nilsen in his research and writing is the interaction between religion and politics, specifically the influence of Catholic doctrine upon the secular political order which began to emerge in Europe in the 16th century, and the present attempts in both Europe and the Middle East to return to a political order based upon an acceptance of the transcendent moral law.


Dr. Nilsen has written extensively on the present political order in Iran, has presented at several peer-reviewed conferences, and is currently engaged in translating a portion of the oeuvre of French Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704) into English. He lives with his wife and son in Washington, DC.


In this podcast series, Dr. Nilsen explores the influence of Catholic doctrine upon the historical and present foreign relations of the United States.

Episode 1 Dr. Dennis Nilsen and Dr. Srdja Trifković, Foreign Affairs Editor at the Chronicles magazine, professor of international relations at the University of Banja Luka, and renowned expert on the politics and history of the Balkans.

Episode 2: Dr. Dennis Nilsen and Dr. E. Michael Jones of Culture Wars Magazine examine the principles and chief goals and outcomes of American foreign policy since the end of World War II, and how these more often than not have collided with Catholic principles of international relations.

Episode 3: Dr. Dennis Nilsen and Dr. E. Michael Jones of Culture Wars Magazine discuss the recent assassination of General Qassem Soleimani of Iran and the missile strike on an American base in Iraq ordered by the Iranian government in response. Home
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