Who We Are
The Philos Project is a dynamic leadership community dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East.
Our community is non-sectarian and non-partisan. We are united by our love of Christ, our commitment to Nicene orthodoxy, and our desire to lead change in the region. Our ranks include policymakers, politicians, journalists, ministry professionals, artists, academics, and students, among others. We welcome new candidates for membership to apply.
What We Do
Philos offers educational programs, immersive travel, networking and advocacy opportunities, and innovative projects that advance liberty and justice in the region. All of our work aims to build new relationships across old boundaries and leverage those relationships in service of a better future for all.
Our primary task lies in 1) understanding our Western values, where they come from, and how they inform Christian leadership; 2) understanding the Middle East and identifying those in the region who share our values; and 3) building values-based friendships between East and West that yield benefits for both sides.
Why We Exist
The Philos Project is a response to civilizational struggle: the struggle between the Middle East and the West, but also the ongoing struggle within those civilizations over identity, truth, and meaning.
The crisis of the West is a crisis of the spirit. We have become estranged from our roots and alienated from the transcendent vision that made us great. Philos believes that a dynamic encounter with the Middle East, especially with the Holy Land where our faith was born, holds the promise of spiritual renaissance.
The Middle East faces its own crisis, a crisis that has become increasingly violent in recent years. The sectarian battle over Islam, the persecution of minorities, and the expansion of imperial powers around the region concern us. We want stability, liberty, and safety for all Middle Easterners. But we Westerners can only protect our interests; we ultimately cannot change the Middle East. Our attempts to do so have often been uninformed, ineffective, and even counterproductive.
Only Middle Easterners can change the Middle East. Our role is to understand the region on its own terms and identify those on the ground who share our values so that we can support them. The Greek word philos means friend, and friendship is our theory of change.
Recognizing the need for a robust geopolitical strategy that protects our interests and ensures the greatest security for the greatest number of people, and calling upon our governments to craft such a strategy, Philos remains focused on building principled friendships that drive change from the bottom up.
Our Vision and Values
A pluralistic Middle East based on freedom and rule of law where nations, tribes, and religious communities can live beside each other as neighbors – that is the Philos vision.
Human dignity, diversity, truth, justice, agency, accountability, and freedom to think, speak, be, and become – these are the values that lie at the heart of The Philos Project.
Principled, pragmatic, humble, hospitable, honest, compassionate, respectful, audacious, unconventional, and action-oriented – these are the leadership traits that we seek to embody.
The world is fallen, men are sinful, and justice eludes us at every step. But though perfect peace will not come until the Prince of Peace returns, we take responsibility for advancing His spirit in this present age.