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Dr. Scott Silverstone

Deputy Department Head

Professor (International Affairs)

DoD Civilian

Contact Information:
Office Location: Lincoln Hall 110
Phone: 845.938.3554
Dr. Silverstone has been a professor of International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point since July 2001, and he is currently serving as the Deputy Department Head.  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1985.  In 1999-2000 he was a visiting professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania and the Assistant Director of the Browne Center for International Politics.  In 2000-2001 he was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Dr. Silverstone's main areas of academic interest include international relations theory, international security, and American foreign policy.  He is a Future of War Fellow with New America, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and in 2003-2004 he was a research fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is the author of Stopping Hitler? The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), Preventive War and American Democracy (Routledge Press, 2007), and Divided Union: The Politics of War in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2004), in addition to numerous articles and book chapters on international security.
Earlier in his career Dr. Silverstone was a U.S. naval officer.  He received his commission in January 1986, and after completing flight school in September 1987 he joined a P-3 Orion squadron at Naval Air Station Barbers Point in Hawaii, serving as a Tactical Coordinator/Mission Commander.  From 1987 to 1990 he deployed extensively throughout the western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf and East Africa, conducting anti-submarine operations and maritime reconnaissance.
In 1990 Dr. Silverstone joined the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations in the Pentagon.  In this position he managed the Navy's portion of the White House-directed nuclear attack survivability program and directed all Navy participation in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored global crisis management exercise program and the NATO crisis exercise program.  He was also responsible for Navy review of all European and Central Command operations and contingency plans.  In September 1992 he was appointed the Director of the Navy's Crisis Action Center in the Pentagon to focus on Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, the naval embargo against Yugoslavia in the Adriatic Sea, and the Navy's role in hurricane Andrew relief in southern Florida.  He was also appointed the Navy representative with the interagency group that planned Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, which became the focal point of the Crisis Action Center until April 1993.
After leaving active duty in 1993, Dr. Silverstone was a naval reserve officer until 2000, flying for a reserve P-3 squadron in 1993-1994, and he served in the Navy Command Center in the Pentagon from 1994-2000.  In this position he was involved in crisis staffing during the Haiti intervention and NATO’s war in Kosovo.
He is married with two children and lives in Cornwall, NY.