The PolitBuro is a blog that focuses on politics, religion, and societal issues, from a traditionalist Orthodox Christian perspective. It was created by Isaac Sweilem, a Philosophy student (currently on hiatus) and American Peasant. He currently lives in Central California with his wife Amber.
Ryan Hunter is an engaging public speaker, published academic writer, and rigorously trained historian with a wide variety of work experience and leadership roles. His long-term goals are to pursue a PhD in Russian and/or British and Byzantine History and teach Classical, Late Antiquity, Medieval, or Early Modern European history at the university level. You can find his writings at The Crown Chronicles, Pravoslavie.ru (English version), the Institute on Religion & Democracy’s blog, and his personal blog “Orthodox in the District”.
In December 2015 he graduated (BA with high honors) from Stony Brook University in New York, studying Russian, British, French, and Church history. From January to June 2015, he worked as a Conference Planner with the Office of Conferences and Special Events. From June 2015 to January 2016, he worked as a Staff Assistant at the University Bookstore Liaison’s Office. In April 2015 the prestigious Tufts Historical Review selected an essay he wrote on the theology behind Aztec blood sacrifice for publication in its Spring 2015 issue. Ryan is an Orthodox Christian whose book outlining his conversion and making an appeal for Orthodoxy among young people, secular and religious alike, is soon to be published. Some of his previous positions include: writing as a Staff Writer for the Washington DC conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy; serving as a Conference Planning Assistant to Anita McBride, the former Chief of Staff to Laura Bush; working as an undergraduate Research Assistant with an American University professor of British history, for which he received a coveted financial award; and as a Research Assistant at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. He has also completed two independent studies under the supervision of American University Professor Douglas Klusmeyer on the subject of the Thirty Years’ War and the Peace of Westphalia. Striving for non-partiality, he co-hosted American TV (ATV)’s hit political news show “Capitol Politics” from fall 2011 to spring 2013, hosting the political news show “The Body Politic” the previous year. For these shows, he offered broadcasts on international and U.S. political developments and enjoyed interviewing former ambassadors, members of Congress, high-profile DC attorneys, professors, and prominent political personalities. His personal blog can be found here.